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Deep Tissue Massage - What To Expect

A deep tissue massage is one of the most common massages. It is used to treat muscle and nerve-related issues caused by sports injuries, accidents, chronic pains, and even strains. The massage technique calls for sustained pressure while practising deep strokes, circular motions, kneading, and various other movements. 


The intensity, along with the movements, breaks up your scar tissue, uncovering the injury to ensure a stable healing process. Moreover, it reduces tension in your muscles, and tissue; allowing it to breathe and begin a fresh and healthy start. Using the boost in blood flow to its advantage enables a drop in inflammation and faster healing.


Keep on reading to learn more about deep tissue massage, what to expect during a massage, the benefits it offers, and so much more. 


Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

A deep tissue massage can offer you psychological and physical benefits, making it, unlike any other massage, focusing on relaxation. A deep tissue massage can help treat muscle pain and improve stiffness. While offering you a chance to unwind and relax on a mental level. A study proved that deep tissue massage could reduce chronic lower back pain, similar to many nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil, and ibuprofen. Furthermore, research shows that a deep tissue massage can help with: 


  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sports injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • High blood pressure


What To Expect

Deep tissue massage is designed to focus on a specific area while working to achieve overall wellness; this is why the therapist will start with a brief history discussion, understand what led to the issue and how it has grown. Moreover, they would ask you about the treatment plan you have in place, and what you think the deep tissue massage can offer them.


Once your history is taken, the therapist might ask to run a physical or even ask for some tests depending on the situation. Again, this depends on your condition, and you may skip it all and get ready to get on the table.


You lay on your back or stomach depending on the treatment plan, while your private parts are covered under a sheet. You may choose to undress completely or keep on your undergarments depending on how comfortable you are.


The massage starts by warming up your muscles using a light note, and once your muscles have warmed up, he/she will begin to a deep tissue massage on your problematic areas. Using various techniques and various intensities, they cover the area to offer you some relief.


Side Effect of Deep Tissue Massage

While there are no "side effects" to a massage, you should expect some lingering soreness with a deep tissue massage. These can be followed around your body and might carry on for a few days. You can use a heating or cooling pad to relieve soreness if required.


Massage therapy is considered to be the safest form of treatment, but there are times when an intensive massage may not be the best choice. Which is why we suggest you speak to a doctor before you take on a deep tissue massage if you: 


  • Suffer from clotting discover or have a history of blood clots
  • Take blood thinners or any medication that might cause thin blood
  • Suffer from a bleeding disorder
  • Are undergoing cancer treatment such as radiation or chemotherapy


Yours in self-care,

Adrian Wilk

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