Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning and separating deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is particularly helpful for chronic aches and pains, in areas of reduced mobility such as the back, neck, and shoulders
This style involves strokes used in classic massage therapy however, the movement is slower, and the pressure is deeper. This allows to concentrate on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the deep-seated muscles and the fascia to facilitate its release. For more information about what to expect from this type of massage please see the information type: asset-hyperlink id: c1GIJpxi9lqjGuluIJNUvOq
Deep tissue massage is often chosen to alleviate a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, and it provides helpful therapy during rehabilitation from an injury. This treatment modality offers both physical and psychological benefits. Unlike other massage techniques that primarily focus on relaxation, deep tissue massage relieves muscle pain and reduces stiffness. Although the ultimate effect is also to leave you mentally relaxed.
There are numerous studies which show that deep tissue massage helps to reduce pain in people with chronic low back pain. The authors likened its effects to those of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen. Furthermore, massage reduces levels of stress hormone while improving mood and aiding relaxation by activating the release of oxytocin and serotonin.
Deep tissue massage can help with pain associated with sports injuries, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, tennis elbow, chronic back pain, and limited mobility, to name just a few.
Deep tissue massage may not be safe for people with blood clots (e.g. thrombophlebitis or deep vein thrombosis), therefore if you have blood clots or are at risk of forming blood clots, it is essential that you consult your doctor before getting a deep tissue massage.
If you have recently undergone surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or have any medical condition, you should check with your doctor before starting massage therapy. If you have any condition, it's important to consult your primary care provider first to find out what type of massage would be most suitable to you.
Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed or infected skin, skin rashes, unhealed or open wounds, tumours, abdominal hernia, fragile bones (osteoporosis), or areas of recent fractures. Deep pressure may result in bruising and rarely, hematoma (a localized collection of blood outside of blood cells), venous thromboembolism, and a condition known as spinal accessory neuropathy.
If you are pregnant, you should avoid massage in the first trimester, you should also check with your doctor if you are considering getting a message. Deep tissue massage (or any strong pressure) should be avoided during pregnancy, however you could benefit from a pregnancy massage.