Massage & Diving
As you can see, there is no clear sense of what massage might do and this effect would likely vary depending on dive profiles and intensity of the massage. We should note that massage has not been confidently associated with any of the cases of DCS that have come to us, and we are not aware of any study done to address this question. The clearest piece of advice is that deep tissue massage should probably be avoided, so that the potential of post-dive pain and diagnostic confusion are minimized.
Dr. Nick Bird MD.
An interesting one, ha ha, do you mind if I share it in my blog?
There seems to be a tendency in the medical profession to advise against things as the default action when they actually do not have a clue. Why not just admit that nothing is known and refrain entirely from giving advice? This would be a more intellectually honest response.
I'm here to back up NOT getting a massage. I've dived before, never remotely getting vertigo or nausea. Yesterday I did three dives & had an hour long massage. Woke up in the middle of the night to extreme vertigo (room spinning like crazy) and committed 5 times. It immediately made sense to me as a nurse & I knew it had to be the massage causing those blood gases to create chaos.
Diving since 1995 with thousands of dives. The last 2 years I have been diving 3 times a week. During the ascension of my last night dive I got vertigo and fog. I was thinking but couldn't act and needed help on the boat. Our dive profile was 31% Oxygen on a 24m dive for 40min nothing we haven't done before. In the morning still had dizziness and shortness of breath. The only thing I did different was the morning before the night dive had a deep tissue massage to release some neck and back tension. I have never had this feeling before.. almost feels like altitude sickness when I am climbing mountains.