Information on Deep Tissue Massage
Definition of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy Techniques are used to realign muscle and connective tissues known as fascia in order to relive chronic pain associated with high levels of muscle tension. In many ways, Deep Tissue Massage is similar to classic massage, but since it uses more pressure and is directed specifically towards problem areas, it is more effective at providing targeted relief of symptoms.
How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?
Deep Tissue Massage breaks down adhesions that cause pain in affected tissues. These adhesions are the body’s way of healing muscle tears and strains in much the same way as scar tissue heals lacerations. Without this healing function, muscle tears would never improve, but unfortunately these adhesions can limit range of motion and cause pain if not dealt with correctly. Deep tissue massage is useful in restoring strength and flexibility to damaged tissue, and can reduce the risk of re-injury.
How to Give a Deep Tissue Massage: Tips and Techniques
Deep Tissue Massage is very effective at relieving chronic pain when performed correctly. The following tips can be helpful to ensure you are giving (or receiving) a proper Deep Tissue Massage.
- First and foremost, be sure to get the approval of a medical professional before treating an injury with Deep Tissue Massage Therapy.
- Warm up the affected tissue before beginning the massage. Heat packs or hot showers are recommended, but gentle compressions with the heel of the hand can also be an effective warm-up method.
- Start with long strokes, moving gradually into using shorter strokes. The long strokes will loosen the overlying muscle tissue, allowing underlying deep tissue to be accessed more easily. When using long stroke on the limbs, start further away from the body and work inward. This technique promotes circulation, ensuring a more effective massage.
- Suggest that the client drink large quantities of water to help wash away the toxins that are being released from the muscle tissue.
- Communication is the key to the overall massage experience. Be sure to encourage an open dialogue with the patient in order to minimize discomfort resulting from excessive pressure on affected tissue. Pain is counterproductive since it actually causes the muscle to contract instead of lengthen.
- In the case of serious injury, be sure to recommend that the patient visit a doctor in addition to their regular massage treatments. Deep Tissue Massage should be complementary to other medical treatments, not a replacement for them.
Is Deep Tissue Massage Safe?
While Deep Tissue Massage is great for relieving pain and stiffness in sore muscles for the vast majority of chronic pain sufferers, it is not recommended for everyone. People who are recovering from a recent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatments aren’t good candidates for Deep Tissue Massage. Also, pregnant women and people with osteoporosis or certain heart conditions should consult a physician before beginning a Deep Tissue Massage regimen. Deep Tissue Massage is never recommended for those with a history of heart failure, kidney failure, blood clots in the legs, bleeding disorders or contagious skin conditions.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage helps to restore flexibility and reduce pain in damaged muscle tissue and promotes circulation, but there are other benefits that are not as widely known. When muscles and tendons are realigned with the skeletal system, posture improves and stress is removed from joints. Many people are unaware that Deep Tissue Massage also releases toxins that become trapped in muscle tissue over time, cleansing the body of harmful poisons that have built up over the course of years. In addition to the physical benefits of Massage, many people report psychological benefits that include a reduction in levels of stress and anxiety and the easing of depression related symptoms.
Choosing the Best Massage Table and Massage Table Accessories for Deep Tissue Massage
One of the most important aspects of a massage is determined long before the first client even arrives. Choosing the correct table and equipment is as important as any step in the Deep Tissue Massage process.
The Nova by Oakworks is particularly well suited for deep tissue massage because there are so many options available when designing your perfect table. Since lower height ranges and greater table widths provide better leverage and client access, many Deep Tissue massage practitioners request Nova tables that are 31” wide, and have a height range of 18”-26”. Padding is also an important consideration when customizing your table. The Nova’s options include plush, semi-firm, firm and Aero-cel padding, as well as the Breast Comfort Padding System, allowing you to personalize your clients’ comfort level.
The Oakworks Quicklock Face Rest is recommended for all types of massage, because its double articulating frame adjusts to any position, regardless of the client’s body type and provides optimal access to cervical and thoracic vertebrae. The aluminum frame is light but extremely durable, and the powder coating provides protection against scratches and cleans easily.
The Boiance Face Cradle Pillow is the perfect complement to the Oakworks Quicklock Face Rest. By supporting the face with water filled spheres, this revolutionary face cradle cushion relieves pressure on the sinus cavities and eyes, creating a feeling of floating that some compare to a waterbed. There is simply no better face cradle pillow on the market.
When performing a deep tissue massage, you need a way to allow the client to comfortably lie on their side so that you can reach muscle groups that are difficult to access in the fully prone position. Oakworks Side Lying Positioning System provides ergonomic support for any position that you need.