At Willow Tree Massage in Fort Mill we strive to assist our clients with with many different massage techniques which focus on the root cause of physical ailments. Deep tissue massage can be very beneficial in alleviating many muscular issues. We have several highly educated and trained massage therapists at Willow Tree with certifications specializing in deep tissue massage therapy.
Please take a moment to read this thorough overview of deep tissue massage and feel free to call us with any questions.
Deep tissue massage is a form of complementary therapy which bears a lot of similarities to sports massage and Swedish techniques. However, the therapist will focus predominantly on the connective tissue of the fascia and muscles throughout the session. When applied skilfully, it can help to relieve pain and improve mobility.
Generally, deep tissue massage therapy is recommended to a patient following an injury, but it has a number of other medical applications such as easing chronic back pain, sciatica and whiplash. There is also some evidence that massaging the connective tissue between the muscles can aid recovery from conditions resulting from repetitive movements, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
How Does The Therapy Work?
Following an injury such as a sprain, scar tissue can form in the ligaments, tendon or muscle. This hardened knot -which is usually referred to as an adhesion – can restrict movement and mobility. The damaged tissue can also block the flow of oxygen and nutrients, which can trigger inflammation or cause circulation problems.
When a therapist is performing deep tissue massage, they will start by using the long, smooth strokes which are common to the Swedish method. An oil will be used to reduce friction and lubricate the movements, which makes the process more comfortable for the patient. The primary goal of this stage is to promote relaxation because as the tension is released, the massage therapist is able to feel and manipulate sublayers of muscle.
The pressure will gradually be increased throughout the session, in order to break down the areas where adhesions have formed. Unlike Swedish massage, the therapist will not just use their hands and forearm to make strokes. Depending on the location and severity of the injury or medical complaint, the therapist may use specially shaped glass, ceramic or wooden tools to achieve better results. As the knots are removed, normal circulation and mobility will be restored. In severe cases, this can take more than one session.
Is Deep Tissue Massage Painful?
Many people are a little nervous before a session, especially if they have never had a massage before. The most common reason for this anxiety is the fear of pain, since considerable pressure may be needed to remove any adhesions. In truth, this kind of therapy can cause some mild to moderate discomfort. However, the short term pain that it causes can be outweighed by the benefits. Provided that a qualified massage therapist is used, a session of deep tissue massage can leave the patient with greatly improved mobility and less discomfort from their medical problem.
The positive results of the session may not become evident for up to 48 hours. Patients tend to feel slightly stiff or sore after deep tissue manipulation. The therapist can give you advice on how to minimize your discomfort. These recommendations may include the application of ice to the affected area, or having a warm bath.
Deep tissue massage therapy can have great benefits. For the best results, find a fully qualified local therapist.