Hey all. For those of you who've had a deep tissue/physiotherapy/sports massage on a tight area, is it normal to bruise along the areas that have been massaged?
I have tight calves anyway, but they became painful after I tried to get into running recently (I'm using the Bupa Beginner's 5K programme and was on to 3 minutes of running when the pain started). The pain was only occurring when I ran, and was still there despite resting and then running for less 2 minutes or less, so I looked into getting a deep tissue massage with a physiotherapist. The guy I saw is fully qualified and works both privately and at a local hospital (I can confirm this because my appointment was booked privately but to see him at the hospital, rather than through the UK's NHS system i.e. I pay for it). He looked at my calves, and did flexibility tests to confirm that my calves were tight before starting the deep tissue massage. Afterwards he showed me stretches to help with building up strength and flexibility in the calf.
This evening I've bruised upon some parts of my calves that have been massaged, and I want to ask is this normal or should I be complaining? I have a family member who's telling me I should be demanding a refund, but I want to find out if its normal before going down that route. He probably went too hard, even though I told him some parts were sore/tender. He even used this little tool, which looks a bit like an old-fashioned shoe-horn, to try and manipulate the muscle. Earlier I definitely had an increased range of motion, but this evening everything just feels really sore and tender
I've never seen this physiotherapist before and I do have pale skin; I don't think I bruise more easily than most people.