Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage focuses on the deepest layers of muscles, tendons and the fascia.  It’s main goal is to realign the deep layers of muscles and connective tissue. Deep tissue massage uses some of the same strokes and movements that a classic massage has, but it is much slower and the pressure is deeper.  It concentrates on areas of tension, like knots in the muscles, and pain in order to help relieve any discomfort.

Deep tissue massage is great for chronic pains in areas affected by stress such as the neck, back and legs.  It will help increase range of motion in the areas treated since the tension on the muscles have been released.


How It Works?

The massage therapist works by breaking down bands of rigid tissue in the muscles and tendons called adhesions.  Adhesions can cause pain, limit range of motion, block circulation to the muscles, and inflammation.  Once these adhesions are broken down, the muscles will regain normal movement and the pain will be relieved.  Your therapist may use their knuckles, hands, elbows and forearms to work out the adhesions.

Working out the adhesions may cause some discomfort and pain during the massage.  Remember you can always tell your massage therapist if you can not tolerate the discomfort.  You may also feel sore a day or two after the deep tissue massage.


What Can Deep Tissue Massage Help With?

Deep tissue massage can help with numerous issues from temporary strains to chronic pain.  Here are just a few problems that deep tissue massage can help with:

  • Limited range of motion
  • Chronic pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Lower back pain
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Tennis elbow
  • Posture
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Muscle strain
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • And many more


Things to Take Into Consideration

Remember deep tissue massage treatments are not for everyone.  People should not get deep tissue massages if they have skin irritations, rashes, or have open wounds.  It is also not recommended for people who just had surgery.  Check with your doctor if you undergo chemotherapy, are prone to blood clots, and are pregnant before having this massage done.  If you suffer from bone pain, you should also check with your doctor.


Aftercare Advice:

As mentioned before, deep tissue massage can result in muscles soreness or stiffness.  Although this last only for about day or two, icing may help calm the soreness.  It is also good to drink lots of water after the massage to get rid of any toxins that may have built up in the muscles over time.  Water will also help rehydrate the muscles leading to a faster recovery.  Stretching sore muscles will also help alleviate pain after the massage.


Thinking about getting a deep tissue massage or have more questions?  Please contact Skin Therapy of Charlotte to find out more and to schedule an appointment.


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