Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue MassageDeep tissue Massage techniques are generally designed for more focused massage work. Working a specific joint, muscle or muscle group, the practitioner can access deeper layers of the soft tissue. Starting superficially and easing into the depth of the muscle slowly often allows more movement. This is the recommended approach in this modality since each person experiences pressure differently. If the pressure is applied too deeply or too quickly, the muscle may tighten to protect that area, and unnecessary damage or inflammation can be induced. Very little lubricant is used as the pressure doesn’t travel much over the skin. Deep tissue massage can be beneficial for anyone who is experiencing chronic pain, muscle or joint stiffness, or an injury.

Deep Tissue Massage For Larger Muscle Groups

Typically greater pressure is exerted in order to break down muscle fibres and make sure the area is fully relaxed. Deep Tissue Massage can be painful for many people because it involves very strong pressure. It is often used to release tension, treat chronic pain or muscle spasms, or work on deep-seated injuries. This type of massage helps relieve sore and tight muscles, while also stimulating circulation and breaking down knots in the fascia. More often than not administered to the larger muscles groups such as legs, back, arms and glutes. Although in particular areas of discomfort would also include the feet (Plantar Fasciitis) and tennis elbow. Deep Tissue Massages can be supplemental to chiropractic and physical therapy care.

Worth remembering is that that deep tissue massage is more invasive and everyone has a different pain threshold. Different people experience deep tissue massages in their own way. Some patients The massage will target deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues than other types of massage. Some people may feel some discomfort when they receive the treatment while others may not feel any pain at all. In relation to Plantar Fasciitis while deep tissue massage in the area has been likened to Reflexology however it is less intrusive and more relaxing. There are a few post massage routines that everyone can benefit from and to make the most of your session.

Eat something healthy, you’ll have an appetite following your session. Eat a high proteinous/nutritious¬† meal, pasta or a fruit salad. You may want to indulge in a bath to loosen up if you are feeling tender. Always drink lots of water in order to re hydrate. There is a greater emphasis on water intake as boring as it is the benefits vastly outweigh the mundane. Hydration serves a multitude of benefits such as flushing out toxins and increasing blood flow. Make time to relax following a deep tissue massage and don’t be pre occupied with heading straight to the gym or going for a run. In order to achieve the full benefits leave exercise for at least 24 hours.

Deep tissue massage benefits contribute to mental well being and of course physical benefits. While most massages focus on relaxation this more hands on massage goes one step further. Asides from the benefits already mentioned massage can also help to lower blood pressure. Furthermore what we all crave at times, a sound nights sleep. The soporific effect felt following a massage is down to the natural injection of serotonin.

Are massage guns good for deep tissue massage?

Massage guns otherwise referred to as percussion/percussive therapy can be effective in reducing scar tissue. Post injury massage guns are becoming more widely used for rehabilitation treatment. This percussive therapy, again, is supplemental to standard and recognised therapy. Some of the conditions treated with massage guns include TMJ (Temporomandibular disorders) Syndrome, Sciatica, shin splints and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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