How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?

Deep Tissue Massage Works Out The Knots

Deep tissue massage therapy can help with:  headaches, back pain, joint pain, accident recovery, sports injuries, trigger point referral pain, and fibromyalgia. This type of massage uses very firm pressure to work past the first layer of muscle tissue. Deep tissue massage has a “good hurt” sensation and can relieve chronic pain and increase joint mobility. It offers all of the benefits of a Swedish massage, but with deeper pressure. It’s common to feel a little sore the day after a deep tissue massage, but it is important to communicate with your therapist about the massage pressure. More isn’t always better! Deep tissue massage is ideal for people with physically demanding jobs, athletes, or anyone with a lot of muscle tension.

How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?

When you live with chronic muscle tension or get injured, adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue also often called scar tissue) can develop in your connective tissue including your muscles, tendons and ligaments, and fascia. Adhesions can block circulation, cause pain or numbness, and limit movement.

Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore natural movement. To do this, our massage therapists use advanced massage techniques including deep direct pressure and friction applied across the grain of the muscles.

Will Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

At certain points during the deep tissue massage, you may experience some discomfort. You may be asked to breathe deeply as we work on certain tense areas. It is important to communicate with your massage therapist whenever things hurt. We never want you to let any soreness or pain go outside your comfort range. Many people hold a misconception that more is always better and that there is no gain without pain, but that is not true of massage pressure. It is also important to drink plenty of water before and after your massage to flush the metabolic waste from the tissues and prevent soreness. It is normal to be sore for a day or so after a deep tissue massage, but if you are sore for three days or more please inform your therapist so they can adjust their pressure in future sessions.


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