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Hangover? Getting A Massage Could Actually Make Symptoms Worse; Here's What To Do Instead

A massage after a heavy night of drinking may seem like the perfect way to treat your hangover, but science suggests that it may make you feel worse than before. If a night of overindulging has you feeling a bit under the weather, there are plenty of other at-home remedies to help you get back on your feet instead.

A massage works, in part, by helping to move the fluid around in your body, which could leave you a bit dehydrated. Normally, this slight dehydration can be fixed with a quick drink of water, but if you are already dehydrated as a result of being hungover, a massage may only heighten this feeling, The Chicago Tribune reported. In addition, while it’s normal to feel a bit sore after an especially deep massage, still having alcohol in your blood system could make this soreness even worse.

"I will have someone come in, and they will say that they have been drinking the night before and that they are hung over," Dennis Frymire, a therapist at Massage Envy in Chicago, told The Chicago Tribune. "You may feel great during the massage, but it may heighten your feelings of being hung over after the massage.”

Read: Science-Backed Ways To Feel Better After A Night Of Drinking

While massages may be advertised in resorts and vacations spots and the best way to reverse the damage from last night's debauchery, there are other remedies to help you survive the morning-after. Water remains the oldest and perhaps most effective treatment for a hangover. Although doctors are still not entirely sure why drinking too much alcohol leaves you feeling under the weather the next day, dehydration is one reason. Alcohol dehydrates you; ensuring you replenish the water you lost to a night of drinking can make you feel better, faster.

physio A massage may help to move fluids around in your body, which could leave you slightly dehydrated. Photo Courtesy of Pixabay

Certain types of food, particularly those high in salt and potassium, could have you feeling better faster as well. This is because salt and potassium are both electrolytes that act to hold onto water and decrease dehydration,” Alyssa Cellini, a nutritionist in Bridgewater, N.J., previously told Medical Daily via email. “[A]dding in natural electrolytes that ALSO come with carbohydrates (which are depleted during the liver-detoxing) will make for one less step to feeling better,” added Cellini.   

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