I often get the question about what deep tissue massage is, whether it hurts and what it does. Well, deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage but focuses on deeper layers of muscles and structures like fascia and ligaments. It does not necessarily mean that the therapist will dig deep into the tissue and the client will scream out in pain.
Deep tissue is a bit more assertive but the therapist will warm up the superficial layers of skin and muscles first. This is essential and will prevent any damage to superficial muscles. Deep tissue is more like a focused treatment on a problematic area and the therapist will apply a bit more pressure using cross-grain strokes (strokes that go across the grain of a muscle).
The strokes will be slower and you’ll be encouraged to breathe deeply allowing the therapist to address the deeper structures. Some therapists might use ceramic, wooden, or glass tools besides fingers and elbow for optimal effect. If some work is performed on a troubled joint, the therapist will pin the tissue and move the joint slightly to lengthen the structure and break the adhesions.
With repetitive motions or poor posture, some muscles get tensed up and block the oxygen and nutrients from getting where they are supposed to get. This creates a vicious circle, the tenser the muscles become, the less nutrient they get and as a result, residual material builds up causing pain. In terms of what deep tissue massage does, it breaks up this pain circle along with the scar tissue from previous injuries, realigns the tissue, and releases the built-up toxins from stressed muscles.
As healthcare providers, we define pain as how our clients can describe it to us. Pain, besides being unpleasant, horrible, and excruciating in some cases, is a blessing. This does not mean at all that one should suffer and wait for the pain to miraculously go away. It is a blessing because through pain your body can talk to you, and can draw your attention to something not right.
For example, often we get that burning pain in between the shoulder blades, this is a way your body tells you to do something about it to either take a break, keep an eye on your posture, adjust your seat and reduce the time in front of your computer or just have a massage, which is the most fun of all.
But, of course, life gets busy – mortgage, chores and bills, and a lot of other things get in the way. I find that the most difficult thing is to pick up the phone and make the appointment, once that is done you are mentally committed and look forward to a nice soothing massage. Be it a half-hour or one-hour treatment, it will be your time, the escape where you’ll find peace and tranquillity.
As you know, the body heals at night or in a state of deep relaxation, so once you reach that homeostasis, your mind will focus on fixing those sore and overworked muscles. Massage will help flush the lactic acid and repair debris from the injured site and leave you in a nice, fresh, and rejuvenated state of mind. So, listen to your body and give us a call, don’t let the pain ruin your day.
Some people experience some soreness the day after a deep tissue massage, but this should feel more like a workout soreness and should go away within a day or two. It is a good idea to be well hydrated and have an Epsom salts bath after a deep tissue massage as it draws the toxins out. Also, avoid any strenuous activities, as your muscles will need some rest.
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The benefits of deep tissue massage
– Stress relief
There is an almost instant stress relief when you massage deep tissue. Deep tissue massage therapy helps you to experience relaxation and distresses the body. It is essential after a long day (or week) so you can receive some much-needed rest and TLC.
– Reduces pain
Deep tissue massage helps to promote circulation. Good blood flow is essential for healthy bones and muscles. The circulation from deep tissue massage, therefore, helps with muscle pain and joint pain.
– Contributes to low blood pressure
While receiving your deep tissue massage, you experience a state of bliss and relaxation. The result? Your body starts to relax deeply, your stress lowers and your heart starts to drop – all of which can lead to a potential lowering of blood pressure levels.
– Helps with recovery after injury
After injuries or strain, your body starts to build up scar tissue. Circulation from deep tissue massages helps to break up scar tissue and as a result, helps with easier movement during recovery.
– Reduces the symptoms of arthritis
Arthritis can cause pain and stiffness in the joints. Circulation through deep tissue massage can reduce a lot of stiffness and help you with pain management so you can go back to living a normal, pain-free life as possible.
Are there any dangers of deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage is perfectly healthy and if you use professional sports physiotherapists, you’ll have nothing to worry about. The side effects of deep tissue massage are minimal with a bit of body pain, but as mentioned, this will pass in a few days.
To avoid any complications and to reap the benefits of deep tissue massage, be sure to use our professional team of sports physiotherapists. Our deep tissue massage Mississauga and deep tissue massage Oakville services will leave you experiencing body relaxation and great blood circulation for those sore muscles.
For a deep tissue massage, give our team a call today.