Deep tissue massage is a very specific massage technique. It works by seeking to realign the muscle at the deepest layer, as well as working out connective tissues. It’s becoming increasingly used for the management of chronic pain as well as to address specific areas of rigidity, soreness and pain.
Other than that, it doesn’t differ as much from traditional massage therapy as you may imagine. The movements are slower, however, and a deeper concentration of pressure is used in order to reach those underlying areas of the muscle and fascia.
This deep technique seeks to address the bands of rigid tissue, known as fascia, that occur where chronic muscle tightness or injury have occurred. These adhesions limit circulation of the blood as well as movement, become triggers for inflammation and generally inhibit the muscle from working as it should. The physical movements break down these adhesion, and encourage their removal by promoting blood circulation to the area as well as improving lymph circulation. This helps reduce pain and inflammation as well as restore normal range of motion.
Because of this deep focus, it can be a more painful technique then that used during a traditional massage. For this reason, you should always communicate correctly with the therapist during the massage, letting them know what hurts and warning them if the pain become too much outside of your normal threshold. You may find yourself a little stiff or sore the next day, but the pain shouldn’t linger too much past that. Icing the area may help.
Deep tissue massage helps with a wide range of ailments, from chronic pain and recovery to coping with repetitive strain injuries, postural problems and inappropriate muscle tension as well as chronic conditions like sciatica and tennis elbow. It offers great benefits to sufferers of arthritis and fibromyalgia.
In general, the therapist will guide you through the massage procedure, often enlisting deep breathing as they work on tense areas. While most people will benefit from a massage regime, certain people should only participate with caution. This included those in immediate recovery from surgery, radiation treatment or chemotherapy, those with open wounds and infections which may be transmittable, those prone to clots or with severe bone issues or recent fractures, and in areas that are bruised, inflamed, herniated or unhealed. Pregnant women may want to consult with their medical professional beforehand and seek someone with experience working with pregnant patients.
It’s best not to eat a heavy meal before you go for your massage, and it’s always a good idea to hydrate well after the session to help flush out toxins and aid in muscle recovery. Try not to overdo it after the massage, although stretching can help work out kinks and keep blood flowing to the area.
If you feel that deep tissue massage will help you, why not head over to www.happyheadmassage.com and book a restorative session? They will also be able to assist you with further information in the advent or queries, or if you need specific advice.