Deep tissue massage, sports massage is therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. It is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas like stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. Movements are slower and the pressure is deeper, concentrated on areas of tension and pain. Deeper pressure is needed to reach the sub-layer of muscles tissue.
Deep tissue massage techniques
With chronic muscle tension or injury, there are knots also known as “adhesions”, painful hard tissue, in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Knots are disrupting circulation and cause pain, limiting movements, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these knots, to relieve pain and restore movements. The therapist presses knuckles, feet, hands, thumbs and fingers into knots specific areas. Techniques involve stretching, acupressure and tissue compression.
Does it hurt?
Most people find there is usually some discomfort, pain and a new muscle ache for a day or two.
Who can benefit from it?
It is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue. Mostly recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain or got involved in a heavy physical activities. Improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage is quite often noticed.
Deep tissue massage focuses on a specific problems such as: limited mobility, chronic pain, lower back pain, muscle tension or spasm, after a workout, bodybuilding, carpal tunnel syndrome and postural problems.
After care tips
- Muscle soreness or tenderness may last for a few days
- Drinking water helps flushing out toxins released from muscles
- Avoid hard physical activities
- Gentle stretching is OK