Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Deep Tissue Massage

What is deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue.

It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.

Some of the same strokes are used as classic
massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.

How does deep tissue massage work?

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.

Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.

Will deep tissue massage hurt?

At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.

It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you ecperience is outside your comfort range.

There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.

What conditions is deep tissue massage used for?

Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:

Chronic pain

Limited mobility

Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)

Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome

Postural problems

Ostearthritis pain


Muscle tension or spasm

According to the August 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.

Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain.

People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.

What can I expect during my visit?

Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage.

You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas.
It is important to drink plenty of water as you can after the massage to flush metabolic waste from the tissues.


Massage is not recommended for certain people:

infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds

immediately after surgery

immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor

people with osteoporosis should consult their doctor before getting a massage

prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage

pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.

massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

Additional tips

don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage
if it's your first time at the clinic or spa, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.

Created 04/04/06

Updated: April 11, 2006



my78novata said...

I need one

onecrabn3lilfish said...

Put me in the line for one.  LOL.  I actually do this with my son with sensory problems.  :)


onecrabn3lilfish said...

Put me in the line for one.  LOL.  I actually do this with my son with sensory problems.  :)


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therealslimemmy said...

i think i might ask my physical therapist if this would help me funny because most of my stuff is listed in there
thanks for posting this lisa
<3, em

queeniemart said...

I would LOVE for someone to do this to me someday.
XO lj

fibfatigue said...

Is this a free service because of your disabillity?  Or do you have to pay each time?  I could really use those on a regular basis. My muscles are all in knots.

dbaumgartner said...

I've heard of that but my insurance does not cover it and since I am a "working stiff" I have to pass on a lot of stuff that might help.  No Physical Therapy the copay is a killer. You get the picture.

Ahhh, what are you gonna do.  LOL  One day and one step is all I can do.

You have a wonderful day.

Hey, have you ever heard from Lisa?


chloekittygirl said...

I so need a massage. That sound's so good right now. I am so stressed out at work that it isn't funny. Maybe I should break down and get one.

rayne1123 said...

very interesting.