What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep Tissue massage is exactly what it says, its a massage which looks to get to tension which is located in deeper layers of muscle, helping your body to return to normal function, allowing you to feel more relaxed, have more energy and feel less stressed. Deep tissue massage can be applied to most areas of the body and is typically offered as a back, neck and shoulder massage or as a whole body massage.
This deeper form of massage is typically used to treat or manage chronic muscle aches or pains in areas such as the neck, upper back, lower back, legs and shoulders.
How Does It Work?
When muscles are chronically tight or have been injured there may be scar tissue, trigger points or adhesions in the soft tissue (including muscles, ligaments & tendons), these can place pressure on the surrounding blood vessels which will effect the blood supply which can limit your bodies healing capabilities. These areas of tension can also bring on pain, aching, restrictions to your joints range of motion and even create or increase inflammation.
Deep tissue massage helps to eliminate these muscle tensions by breaking down these areas of soft tissue dysfunction, allowing the body to function and heal more effectively - allowing normal movement and easing of pain and aching.
Is Deep Tissue Massage Painful?
Typically deep tissue massage is a relaxing and therapeutic experience, however when working over pockets of tension which are already sensitive, this can be tender to work over, however once the tension in the muscles has been released you will feel much better and the pain and discomfort you were previously experiencing should start to lift.
On occasion there may be some level of stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, however this usually doesn't last more than 24-48 hours.
Benefits Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
- Chronic pain
- Lower back pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Postural problems
- Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Muscle tension or spasm
- After a workout or bodybuilding