Deep tissue therapy is one of the more common massage types being offered by our Registered Massage Therapists at Push Pounds Sports Medicine. While most people seek out massages for relaxation and comfort, a deep tissue massage can offer greater benefits and greatly contribute to a better quality of life. People who could benefit most from deep tissue massage therapy are those who may of suffered significant muscle injuries or chronic conditions.
In an earlier section, you came to understand the benefits of massage therapy, the rubbing of muscles and joints in order to relieve tension which is typically practiced during a swedish massage which utilizes a firm pressure on muscles. Five primary strokes encompass Swedish massage: Long strokes, kneading, vibration, tapping, and deep circular movements. This helps to increase blood flow, ease tension in the muscles, and reduce stress. Alternatively, a deep tissue massage is similar but with specific differences intended to target deeper muscles. With this technique, slower strokes with more force and pressure are applied in order to reach the deeper layers or muscle and tissue.
How It Works
A deep tissue massage is a viable treatment option to promote and speed up the recovery of small or large muscle injuries while also promoting the healing of chronic problems. A deep tissue massage works by targeting deep muscles and tendons, as well as fascia, the protective and connective tissues. The intention is to relax the superficial muscles because as the tension is lessened, it allows the deeper muscles to come into contact and be massaged or manipulated. People who are more susceptible to muscle tension or have sustained injuries in the past are more prone to getting adhesions otherwise known as knots in the muscles. While knots are not all that diabilitating they can disrupt proper blood flow to the area where it exists. Improper blood flow can cause inflammation and restricted movement thus, a deep tissue massage works to break down adhesions and restore blood flow and proper bodily functions.
The Deep tissue massage focuses on three main components:
Enhance Mood And Stress Relief
A deep tissue massage will trigger oxytocin and serotonin in the body, the hormones that produce feelings of happiness and relaxation, an overall mood booster. Hormones related to stress have also shown to decrease after a deep tissue massage as well as during other forms of massages such as a swedish massage. The overall environment of the massage room should evoke feelings of tranquility and peace.
Increase Blood Flow
Massaging the muscles to relieve pressure is a proven way to naturally improve blood flow to the areas that are being massaged. A deep tissue massage is also beneficial for lowering the heart rate and blood pressure directly follow the session.
Assist With Rehabilitation
The moments follow a deep tissue massage can promote a greater range of motion in people, even damaged muscles while the pain associated with some injuries and other chronic conditions will lessen. People who are undergoing rehabilitation will often take this as a window of opportunity to work through their rehabilitation exercises this, encouraging faster healing.
Some major benefits of a deep tissue massage are:
- Lowering High Blood Pressure.
- Reduces Stress, Anxiety and Muscle Tension.
- Breaks Up Scar Tissue.
- Improves Athletic Recovery and Performance.
- Can Help with Labor Pain and Delivery.
- Reduces Arthritis Symptoms.
Deep Tissue Massage FAQs
Is deep tissue therapy the right massage for me?
Deep tissue massage is an excellent therapy for individuals suffering from chronic tightness, deep tissue injuries, musculoskeletal conditions, as well as those who exercise intensely. If you have musculoskeletal injuries or chronic conditions, or you’re simply looking to relax your body, deep tissue massage may be right for you. However, you should consult a specialist for a proper assessment of your injury or condition. They will determine whether the treatment is right for you after the assessment. Contact us for your free, no-obligation consultation with our specialist.
How fast will I realize results with a deep tissue massage?
Most people experience improved range of motion and significant relief from muscle tightness and discomfort after their first deep tissue massage session. However, depending on the condition being treated, more or total relief is experienced after a couple of therapy sessions.
Will a deep tissue massage hurt?
When offered by a trained and certified therapist, a deep tissue massage should not hurt. However, the therapy presents a bit of discomfort compared to lighter style Swedish massage, especially for individuals with chronic muscle tightness or knots. If you experience an intolerable level of discomfort during your therapy session, notify your therapist, and they’ll adjust the technique. Note that one may experience a bit of soreness after the massage, which subsides after a few days.
How do I reduce soreness after a deep tissue massage?
After a deep tissue massage, it’s normal to experience some soreness on the treated area as lactic acid gets flushed out of the affected tissue. To reduce the soreness, drink lots of water after the massage to help your body flush the metabolic waste from the tissues. You can also place a cold pack or a heating pad wrapped in a towel on the treated area to reduce soreness.
How often should I have a deep tissue massage?
The frequency of your deep tissue massage sessions is dependent on your condition. Our massage therapist will recommend the frequency of the follow-up sessions, depending on the severity of your condition and personal goals. In general, however, having several deep tissue massage sessions within a month or a few weeks can have significant results on your muscles and overall performance. After attaining desirable results, it’s recommended to have one or two sessions a month to maintain the results.
What are the benefits of a deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage has several benefits to our musculoskeletal system. Our massage therapists use it to:
- break down tight knots in muscles
- improve blood and oxygen circulation to tissues
- break down scar tissues
- release metabolic waste from tissues
- prevent the formation of scar tissue
- relieve stress and improve mood