Deep tissue massage is a massage therapy usually employed for relieving pain and discomfort caused by tension or stiffness of the deeper muscles and connective tissues. This massage therapy relies on slow and deeper strokes.
Deep tissue massage basically aims at the deeper muscles or connective tissues of the body, in order to provide relief from chronic muscle tension. This massage therapy usually uses the same strokes that are used in classic massage therapy, but the strokes are much slower and deeper. This is the reason why this massage therapy can relieve the tension of the deeper muscles, connective tissue, and fascia. This therapy is usually recommended for chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and injuries caused by repetitive strain.
There are several techniques of giving deep tissue massage therapy, of which one technique closely resembles the classic massage therapy, except for the fact that the strokes are applied slowly and deeply. In general, this therapy relies on long and flowing strokes to relieve tension and stiffness of the muscles. This can, however, make the entire procedure quite time-consuming. In this technique, the areas with more tension and pain are given more importance by applying deeper pressure on them.
Another type of deep tissue massage therapy involves the use of elbows and fingers, in order to give a deep massage to the sore muscles. This method is especially effective in relieving muscle stiffness.
Apart from the two traditional techniques, deep tissue massage therapy can employ tools, like ceramic, glass, and wooden props at times. Such tools are used to enhance the effects or the efficacy of the therapy.
When the muscles of our body are injured or stressed, there is a possibility of adhesion or an abnormal union of tissues. Such adhesions can impair blood circulation, and the normal supply of oxygen to the area, leading to pain and inflammation. This in turn, can cause an accumulation of toxins within the muscle tissues. This massage therapy can help break down the adhesions, and thus loosen the muscles and ensure normal circulation.
This in turn, can help release the accumulated toxins within the tissues, and thereby, reduce the pain and inflammation. This therapy has also been found to be very helpful in correcting the alignment of muscles and connective tissues.
People receiving this massage therapy can experience a little bit of pain and discomfort for a while, following the therapy. However, this is quite normal, and cannot be termed as a serious side effect. Some people can also develop muscle stiffness, soreness or inflammation, and redness, after receiving this massage therapy. Such side effects usually resolve within a day or two.
The massage therapist can minimize such side effects by working slowly. However, the person receiving the therapy should also report the therapist immediately, if the pain becomes unbearable during the session.
Usually, deep tissue massage therapy is effective in relieving chronic muscle pain and tension, fibromyalgia, pain and stiffness experienced while recovering from an injury, muscle spasms or cramps, and pain due to postural problems.
In general, individuals with skin diseases, as well as those with skin infections and unhealed wounds should not go for this massage therapy without consulting their physicians.
Deep tissue massage therapy is also not recommended for people who have recently undergone surgery, as well as those receiving chemotherapy treatment. Even pregnant women and individuals with osteoporosis and recent fractures need to talk to their physicians, before opting for this massage therapy.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be treated as a substitute for professional medical advice.