What is Deep Tissue Massage and How it Works?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation.
Deep Tissue Massage can help with 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
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Muscle tension or spasm
- After a workout or bodybuilding
What is the Effect of Deep Tissue Massage?
Most patients experience some level of immediate pain relief. It is however, important to be realistic about what one massage can achieve. Many people ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, they can get rid of all their knots in very short period of time. This just won’t happen. In fact, undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved with an integrated program that includes manipulation, exercise, posture restoration, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage. Recovery time from injuries and chronic pain is drastically reduced by the use of deep tissue massage.
How Often Should I Get a Deep Tissue Massage?
It depends. Each of us is an individual with very specific needs. When it comes to back and shoulders tension, the best way to tackle this issue is to start off having weekly massages. After the main areas of tension have been addressed, you can then decide to have fortnightly or monthly massages as a maintenance programme. Most of my regular clients have fortnightly massages.
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