If you have had chronic tension, repetitive strain or injury, and are experiencing ongoing pain, your muscles and connecting tissue may have formed bands of rigid tissue, called adhesions or fibrositis. These inflamed areas of tissue cause pain and restricted movement. They obstruct the flow of blood and oxygen, leaving a build-up of toxins deep within your soft tissue.
Deep tissue massage combines compression and friction to break down fibrositic tissue. It releases toxins and loosens deeply held tension, relieving your pain and giving you more freedom of movement. Massage such as this can also help to address the cellular body at an emotional level, releasing chronic stress and tension that may have been stored in your body.
Deep tissue massage can be very effective in relieving chronic pain that has not responded to medications and other treatments.
Deep tissue massage involves strokes that are similar to those used in a remedial or relaxation massage. The differences are:
- Slower strokes are used.
- Strokes are made across, not with, the grain of the muscle and connecting tissue.
- Stronger pressure is applied.
- Massage is focussed on areas of chronic pain, not the whole body.
During your deep tissue massage, you may be asked to breathe deeply to help relax your muscles. After the massage you are encouraged to drink plenty of water to assist in the elimination of toxins that have been released, and to help your body recover.
Will it hurt?
Deep tissue massage will affect different people in different ways. You may experience some pain at the time of the massage, and some mild aching a day or two following the treatment. Most people experience this pain as “good pain” and find the relief they get from Deep Tissue Massage far outweighs any pain experienced during treatment.
Conditions which may be treated with Deep Tissue Massage
- Chronic pain
- Lower back pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
- Repetitive strain injury Postural problems
- Muscle tension in the hamstrings, gluteals, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
- Osteoarthritis pain Sciatica
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tennis elbow