What is deep tissue massage?
Deep Tissue Massage is a type of remedial massage that focuses on realigning the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This approach is extremely beneficial for areas of the body that are suffering from chronically tense and contracted muscles.
There are many types of massage and each one has its own technique and history. Different forms of massage are better suited for different purposes and ailments.
A deep tissue massage is a type of remedial massage that focuses on realigning the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This approach is extremely beneficial for areas of the body that are suffering from chronically tense and contracted muscles.
This can happen to you after a prolonged problem is left untreated or if you suffer an injury or accident. Muscular aches and pains can arise from all sorts of issues but here are the main reasons you might need a deep tissue massage.
How does deep tissue massage work?
Deep tissue massage is designed to break down deep adhesions (bands of painful rigid tissue) in affected muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
These adhesions cause a restriction of blood flow through the muscle, creating pain, inflammation and restrictions in movement.
To alleviate this, the therapist uses focused pressure and friction across the grain of the muscle to physically break down the adhesions.
Once broken down, pain will be relieved, and the range of movement restored.
Reasons why you might need a deep tissue massage are:
If you have lower back tightness
If you have sore shoulders
If you’re suffering from a stiff neck
If you suffer from headaches
The techniques used in deep tissue massage are similar to those used in traditional massage, but the movement is slower, and the pressure applied is deeper and more concentrated.
What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?
The relaxation benefits of massage have been shown to be a powerful medicine for your central nervous system as it’s been reported that is can actually reduce the automatic nervous system’s response to pain. This feeling of tension release can also provide a really relaxing and even euphoric feeling.
Deep tissue massage typically treats, maintains, and prevents the following conditions and syndromes:
Chronic aches and pains
Poor and limited mobility and related postural problems
Injuries (falls, domestic injuries, work injuries, whiplash)
Repetitive Strain injuries, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The effects of Fibromyalgia
The effects of Osteoarthritis
What’s the difference between a deep tissue massage and a sports massage?
Although both deep tissue massage and sports massage share some similarities, the main differences are all down to the technique.
A deep tissue massage (DTM) involves a technique that’s based on effleurage, wringing, and frictions or pressure movements. They are fundamentally the core techniques for a deep tissue massage.
As we get deeper into the treatment, we can start to use our elbows, forearms, heel of the hand, and reinforced thumbs.
Therapists will use deep tissue massage techniques to address muscle dysfunction such as neck or shoulder tension or postural issues.
DTM is the basis for sports massage treatments, too. What makes it a sports massage slightly different is the pinpoint injury treatment and focus where the massage will work on soft tissue release or trigger pointing that targets scar tissue or adhesions.
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