Boy, do I love a massage.
The morning after a massage? Not so much.
The day after having a massage I ache terribly and am pretty much desperate for another massage to recover from my massage.
Generally speaking, this pain doesn’t last terribly long and all told, most of the time I’m better off having had the massage despite the 24-48 hour set back.
Turns out I’m not alone in this. A small study was done on this subject and they found 10% of massage clients experienced discomfort following the massage (Cambron et al. 2007). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17983334/
Alas. What’s a girl to do?
Years ago, I was listening to a lecture by Dr. Robin Murphy. (I refer to him often.) In this lecture, Dr. Murphy explained how he opted to not use Arnica regularly and, instead, when he suffered from sore muscles, he would use homeopathic Lacticum acidum.
Dr. Murphy’s repertory shows Lacticum acidum has a strong correlation to:
Where else is homeopathic Lactic acid indicated? In nausea during pregnancy — morning sickness. Interestingly, in my crawl around the web, I see some studies indicating lactic acid in relation to nausea in sprinters as well as nausea in Lactic Acid Syndrome.
I’ve seen the studies and read the theories and I’m going to guess that a number of readers will take issue with the idea of Lactic Acid and massage and I’m not here to argue with you. All I know is that homeopathic Lacticum acidum has greatly lessened my discomfort following a massage. In fact, it has worked so well in my n=1 experiments that I now take it immediately following any body work and the couple of people I have suggested it to have tried it and found benefit following massage, as well.
If you, too, have experienced the unpleasant after effects from a wondrous massage, try Lacticum acidum and let me know what you think!
Julia Coyte, CHom
Classically Practical homeopath
Calza, L., Manfredi, R. and Chiodo, F., 2005. Hyperlactataemia and lactic acidosis in HIV-infected patients receiving antiretroviral therapy. Clinical Nutrition [online], 24 (1), 5–15.
Cambron, J. A., Dexheimer, J., Coe, P. and Swenson, R., 2007. Side-Effects of Massage Therapy: A Cross-Sectional Study of 100 Clients. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine [online], 13 (8), 793–796.
Merrells, R. J., Cripps, A. J., Chivers, P. T. and Fournier, P. A., 2019. Role of lactic acidosis as a mediator of sprint‐mediated nausea. Physiological Reports [online], 7 (21).
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Julia Coyte, CHom
I am passionate about homeopathy and I love sharing this passion. Having a working knowledge of homeopathy shouldn't be kept a secret. If people have the ability to help themselves, their children and their friends when they have minor ailments, life just gets better for everyone. That is the purpose behind Ruminating on Remedies.