Hi! I've been working at a dispensary in Saudi Arabia for quite some time now. We administer tons of IM medications (99.5% gluteal, .4% deltoid, .1% vastus lateralis). I have noticed that all of the Indians whom I work with massage the IM injection site vigorously; be it a voltaren injection or a vaccine. When I say vigorously, I mean the whole palm of the hand on the gluteus to the point of hearing the bed creaking (no exaggeration). They say that you should massage the injection site to decrease the discomfort and hasten the absorption. I have never done this practice since I did not learn this in nursing school
. Eversince, I've only applied gentle pressure on the injection site. Most of our patients (who are also Indians) seem dissatisfied when I "gently massage" the area after I give the injection, and ask me if I could massage the site. I'd always respond by saying that there's no need for that. Am I wrong? Is this the practice in western countries also?