Everything You Need to Know About Deep Tissue Massages



With a name that sounds that relaxing, it is difficult to resist the idea of a good, long deep tissue massage. However, before you head to your neighborhood spa take a look at the following facts to know whether these are worth the hype and what to expect from them.

What are deep tissue massages?

Deep tissue massages are often considered to be healing in nature and are advised for those suffering from acute or chronic body pain, in almost any region. They involve applying significant pressure over these areas such that the ‘deep tissues’ i.e. the layers of the muscles deep within and the connective tissue surrounding them can be reached through the massage. 

Massages work by promoting blood circulation in a particular area and when an area receives more blood, more antioxidants also reach the area which helps in healing inflammation that may be causing the pain. People suffering from chronic back pains, neck pains, etc have been known to benefit from expertly done deep tissue massages and experience notable pain relief.

What are the benefits of deep tissue massages?

Deep tissue massages are considered to have various benefits, of which pain relief is just a part. Some of these benefits include:

  • Relief from chronic muscle tension resulting in discomfort and/or pain.
  • Promotes recovery during rehabilitation from related injuries.
  • Improves movement in those suffering from restricted mobility.
  • Accelerates the healing process from sports-related injuries.

Some of the conditions that deep tissue massages provide relief from include:

  • Severe longstanding pain in the lower back.
  • Strain injuries that are repetitive in nature, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Problems in posture, due to miscellaneous reasons.
  • A case of tennis elbow
  • Injuries to muscle groups in such as the hamstrings, glutes, quadriceps, muscles in the upper back.
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Severe neck pain.

Now, deep tissue massages are in no way a substitute to healing by actual medical practitioners. 

However, studies have shown that a significant number of people across the world (app. 35,000) experienced better results from deep tissue massages for their osteo-arthritic pain when compared to other methods. These alternative methods included over the counter pain relief medication, physical therapy, visits to chiropractors, etc.

What to expect during a deep tissue massage?

If you are looking for a relaxing spa experience, then you probably want to book a Swedish massage or try other full body massages. Those seeking healing from ailments such as pain, posture issues, etc can expect positive results from a well-done deep tissue massage.

This massage works by breaking down the knots formed in muscles that lead to tensed muscles. Adhesions are bands of pain-inducing, rather rigid tissues that prevent good blood circulation and result in muscle damage. To break down these adhesions and restore adequate circulation, deep tissue massages are rather helpful.

The procedure of the massage is rather focused and intense, intended to provide maximal results and some of the techniques used during the massage include:

  • Applying glided pressure, deeply throughout the length of each muscle, using the fingers, forearms, knuckles and even the elbows such that each tense muscle can be dealt with.
  • Applying friction along each muscle fibre such that knots are removed, the tissues are aligned properly and that adhesions can be removed as well.

When working on a particularly tense group of muscles, the massage therapist might ask you to take a deep breath and hold it in so he can reach the deeper groups of muscles easily.

During the procedure, it is common to expect the possibility of some pain or discomfort, especially when your massage therapist is working on reaching some tense muscle groups or scar tissues. It is a common misconception that pain means that the massage is working. 

Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong and your body will actively work on avoiding pain as such. Therefore, you must tell your massage therapist, if it hurts. If you don’t, the places where it hurts on your body will tense up. This method of ‘guarding’ will make it difficult for the massage therapist to reach deep muscle tissues, thereby rendering the entire process ineffective.

It is normal to feel some level of rigidity or stiffness and some mild muscle soreness after the deep tissue massage. This, however, must not last longer than one day, and if it persists, seek appropriate attention or contact your therapist to address your concerns.

How can you make the best of the deep tissue massage?

  • Communicate constantly with your massage therapist. Tell them of every medical condition that you have, especially if you are prone to developing blood clots. This is supremely important because deep tissue massages shall break or release clots into the bloodstream and this can go clog up major arteries, the ones in your lungs and heart. Also tell them if it hurts during the massage, where and how it hurts.
  • Drink plenty of water after the massage. During the massage, lots of toxins and free radicals are released into the bloodstream. When you drink enough water, these toxins get flushed out of your body.
  • Relax and get to know your massage therapist a bit so you know you can be comfortable with them. If you are uncomfortable, the benefits that you will obtain will be hindered.

Know the differences between similar massage procedures and get a massage that is best suited to your needs, for the best results. Gather enough information and if you plan to get the massage done at home, here are some things you should keep in mind for the same.

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