Deep tissue massage can be called a kind of massage therapy, which works on realigning the deep layers of connective tissue and body muscles. It is especially preferred to treat contracted and chronically tense areas like sore shoulders, stiff necks, and lower back tightness. Some strokes of deep tissue massage are also used in the classic massage therapy, however, with a deeper pressure, slower movements, and prime concern being concentrating on such areas as pain and tension.
When the muscle injury or tension is chronic, there usually occur bands of rigid, painful tissue (adhesions) in tendons, ligaments, and muscles. These adhesions can cause pain, inflammation, and limited movement and block circulation. Deep tissue massage focuses on breaking down such adhesions physically so as to restore normal movements and relieve pain. For this, the deep tissue massage therapist usually follows application of direct friction or deep pressure across the muscle grains.
During the massage session, some people find some pain and discomfort at certain points. It is recommended to tell the therapist if anything during the session hurts or if any pain or soreness you experience does not fit into your comfort range. A deep tissue massage is usually followed by some pain or stiffness, but these are likely to subside within a day or two. The massage therapists also recommend applying ice on the area after the session is over.
Conditions in Which Deep Tissue Massage is used:
The classic massage therapy works on the principle of providing relaxation. However, in deep tissue massage, the main aim is to focus on one specific problem. The specific problem could be:
– Limited mobility
– Postural problems
– Recovery from such injuries as falls, whiplash, sports injury etc
– Chronic pain
– Muscle spasm or tension
– Ostearthritis pain
– Repetitive strain injuries such as the carpal tunnel syndrome
Precautions to Be Taken:
Deep tissue massage is not recommended for everyone. The following people are not advised to go for a deep tissue massage session:
– Going immediately after a certain surgery
– Those with a rash, an open wound, or an infectious skin problem
– Those with osteoporosis are recommended to check with their doctor before going for a session
– Going immediately after radiation or chemotherapy, unless your doctor recommends you to get a massage
– Pregnant women must also consult their doctor before considering going for a massage. If at all they go, they must take care that they are receiving the massage from professional therapists certified in pregnancy deep tissue massage.
– The massage is not to be done directly over unhealed wounds, abdominal hernia, inflamed skin, recent fractures, bruises, or tumors
– Those prone to blood clots, since blood clots have a risk of being dislodged. Those with any heart disease should consult their doctor before going for a session
Apart from these, it is also recommended to avoid having any heavy food item in your meal before going for the message. Moreover, in case it is the first time that you are getting the massage in a spa or clinic, it is advisable to come 5-10 minutes early so you get adequate time to do the necessary formalities and to relax and rest before the massage session begins.