Everything you need to know about Deep Tissue Massage – BoosterLab

Everything you need to know about Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage:

Like other massage therapy, deep tissue massage technique is used to apply firm pressure and slow strokes to target deep layers of muscle and fascia in the body (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). Technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries , it's also used relive for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas like a stiff neck and upper back, low backache, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. It may also increase blood flow through out body which fast the healing process and decrease inflammation (Kathy landoli,) .

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage:

Deep tissue massage helps with the following conditions: 

  • Chronic Lower back pain
  • Stroke patients
  • Recovery Muscle injuries- commonly whiplash or sports injuries
  • Reduce pain in carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Postural issues
  • Muscle tightness in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Upper back or neck pain
  • In deep tissue massage people often feel relive during fibromyalgia pain condition
  • Drinking water after the massage may flush the metabolic waste from the tissues (Raju and Byrne, 2017) (Koren and Kalichman, 2018).

Process of the deep tissue massage:

Deep tissue massage usually targets your whole body or specific problematic areas. Therefore if deep tissue massage is done at the sports therapy centre, the massage therapist will ask about your problematic muscles. When preparing for the massage, you might be asked to lie on your back or abdomen so that the body part being worked on could be exposed. The massage therapist will start with lighter touch that will warm up your muscles. Once you’re warmed up, specific techniques will be applied. Common techniques include:

Stripping: gliding deep touch along the length of the muscle fibers with the help of the elbow, forearm, knuckles, thumbs or deep tissue massage gun.

Friction: Pressure used over the grain of a muscle to separate adhesions and realign tissue filaments.

Massage therapists may use Booster Pro2 or any other deep tissue massage device,  arms,  fingers tips, elbows  or knuckles. Breathing deeply may help you  to relax while massage therapist works on the tense body areas (Yuan, Matsutani and Marques, 2015).

After the massage, you can feel some firmness or soreness (pain and discomfort) in muscles due to various degree of pressure being applied on injure muscle or scar tissue, but it should remove within a day or so. Make sure to contact your massage specialist if you have problems or feeling pain after having a massage therapy.

Do Deep Tissue Massages Hurt?

After the massage, you can feel some firmness or soreness (pain and discomfort) in muscles due to various degree of pressure being applied on injure muscle or scar tissue, but it should remove within a day or so. Make sure to contact your massage specialist if you have problems or feeling pain after having a massage therapy.

Any Side Effects and Precautions?

  • If you have specific health issues, it’s essential to consult your doctor before deep tissue massage.
  • May not be safe who have blood clot disease (e.g. thrombophlebitis or deep vein thrombosis)
  • May not be safe if you are taking blood thinners tablets.
  • If you have cancer or undergoing any critical treatment like chemotherapy or radiotherapy. It is recommended see your doctor first before having massage.
  • Anyone with osteoporosis or bone cancer should avoid the massage because deeper pressure may cause fracture in bones
  • If you have open wound, skin infection, skin rashes, bruises, tumor or abdominal hernia, in these cases massage should not be done over infected part.
  • Pregnant women should consult your doctor before getting deep tissue massage. Deep tissue massage (or any strong pressure) ought to be abstained during pregnancy, however your doctor may recommend a massage therapist trained in pregnancy massage instead (Koren and Kalichman, 2018) (Kaye et al., 2008).

If you got any condition, it's necessary to consult your specialist first to find out what type of massage they suggest to be most effective . Peoples with certain conditions, like rheumatoid spondylitis, might not be able to bear the pain of a deep tissue massage.

Conclusion:

Deep tissue massage is best suited for people who involve in highly physical exercises, such as running, or those who have an injury or chronic pain.

References:

Kathy landoli (no date) What To Expect From Your First Deep Tissue Massage | Bevel. Available at: https://getbevel.com/bevelcode/health-wellness/what-to-expect-from-a-deep-tissue-massage (Accessed: 24 February 2019).

Kaye, A. D. et al. (2008) ‘The Effect of Deep-Tissue Massage Therapy on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate’, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 14(2), pp. 125–128. doi: 10.1089/acm.2007.0665.

Koren, Y. and Kalichman, L. (2018) ‘Deep tissue massage: What are we talking about?’, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 22(2), pp. 247–251. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2017.05.006.

Raju, S. and Byrne, J. (2017) ‘External jugular vein thrombosis secondary to deep tissue neck massage’, Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques, 3(3), pp. 146–148. doi: 10.1016/j.jvscit.2017.05.002.

Yuan, S. L. K., Matsutani, L. A. and Marques, A. P. (2015) ‘Effectiveness of different styles of massage therapy in fibromyalgia: A systematic review and meta-analysis’, Manual Therapy. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2014.09.003.