• Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE THERAPY

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy is bodywork which goes bellow superficial connective tissue with the intent of breaking up old structural patterns and allowing the free flow of nutrients and oxygen in the blood. It requires that therapist apply a considerable amount of pressure which in some cases may cause some discomfort.

It involves:

palpation– use of the touch to examine the tissues of the body and can be performed before or after massage

diagnosis of trigger points also known as trigger sites or muscle knots which are diagnosed by examining signs, symptoms, pain patterns and manual palpation

neuromuscular technique therapy– form of soft tissue manual therapy where pressure is applied to the skin with the aim of stimulating specific areas of skeletal muscle

WHAT CAN IT TREAT?

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy targets chronic pain/ tension in the muscles in neck, back, arms, legs, gluts, calves areas, frozen shoulder, limited mobility by increasing the range of motion of limbs, recovery from injuries(e.g. whiplash, strains/ sprains and sports injuries), repetitive strain injury(carpal tunnel syndrome), postural problems, osteoarthritis pain, fibromyalgia, muscle tension or spasms.

According to Consumer Report Magazine, 34 000 people ranked Deep Tissue Massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine, and over-the-counter drugs. It also received top raking for fibromyalgia pain. People often notice an improved range of motion immediately after a Deep Tissue Massage.

CONDITIONS THAT DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE CAN IMPROVE

  • Chronic pain (headaches, jaw, neck, chest, knee, thoracic, back, hip, sciatica, heel, sole and etc. pain)
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Golfers/ tennis elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries- carpal tunnel
  • Arthritic thumbs, knees
  • Shin splints
  • Achilles tendon
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Injury recovery- groin, thighs, strain ankle, sprains, hamstrings, ligament, calve tears
  • Limited mobility

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE TREATMENT?

Before treatment therapist will carry out strictly confidential consultation and assessment of client needs. Oil will be applied on the client’s body and gentle gliding strokes are applied with lighter pressure to warm up prepare the muscles for deeper work. Specific techniques are the applied as neuromuscular technique– deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibres using the elbow, forearm, knuckles and thumbs, friction– pressure applied across the grain of a muscle to release trigger points and reline tissue fibres.

At certain points during the Deep Tissue Massage client may feel some discomfort or even some pain as the therapist works on areas where there are trigger points or scar tissue. In this case client should let the therapist know so the technique can be adjusted or prep the tissue if the supprfiial muscles are tense.

WHEN SHOULD IT BE AVOIDED?

Deep Tissue Massage should be avoided during the pregnancy, people with blood clots (thrombosis, deep vein thrombosis), people with osteoporosis, after having recent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation.

Possible side effects

Deep Tissue Massage may result in bruising. After massage may feel some stiffness or soreness but it should subside within 24-72h.

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