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When having a massage my upper left side was really tense...

When having a massage my upper left side was really tense. It hurt and went red. I'm. It sure whether this would be an infection or cold on my back? Should I go to the doctors to seek advice?

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Thank you for contacting us with your question.

The type of symptoms you describe are fairly typical after a massage where pressure is applied to tense muscle and tissues. As the area is massaged blood flow increases to the skin and tissues and very often can cause some reddening of the skin. We notice you describe your upper left side as being tense when you went for the massage and this often will mean that there are what are known as knots in the muscles of that part of your body. As the massage works to release these knots the toxins accumulated within them which are harmless are released and very often people will feel varying degrees of discomfort as the muscles go through this process, not to mention that the knots themselves can cause pain. If your symptoms are short in duration and do not last for more than two or three days at the most then there is unlikely to be a cause of concern, however, if your symptoms persist then a chat with your Gp would be sensible to rule out any local infection to the skin. We do hope you will find this information of use, best of luck in getting this resolved as well.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses