June 6, 2022

Deep Tissue Massage

Will Ireland

Deep Tissue Massage

What is deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue is a targeted massage strategy used to treat musculoskeletal issues. The techniques used in deep tissue involve applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the deep, inner layers of muscles and connective tissue. Deep tissue is great for sports injuries, such as strains, where scar tissue has built up in the connective tissues. These deep strokes can help break up the adhesions of the scar tissue to surrounding tissues, while also improving blood flow to the area. This combination results in improved range of motion and reduced inflammation and pain.


What’s the difference in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage?

The primary difference in the two techniques is the intent of the strokes. Deep tissue strokes are deeper, slower, and directed towards healing injuries. Where Swedish massage strokes are intended to promote relaxation and reduce muscle tension caused by everyday life. Swedish massage is typically performed using only the hands with a massage lotion or oil. In deep tissue massage, other “tools” can be used to achieve deeper pressure, such as using the elbows, knuckles, or even various massage tools that are available. Deep tissue massage targets the deeper, inner layers of muscles and fascia, where injuries are causing stiffness and pain. In contrast, Swedish massage targets the more superficial muscles and focuses on parts of the body that tend to hold the most stress tension, such as the neck, shoulders, and back.


What conditions are Deep Tissue best?

The following is list of some of the conditions where deep tissue massage will be helpful at relieving pain, lessening symptoms, and promoting the healing response.

  • Sports injuries (strains, sprains)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis or golfers elbow


Side effects and contraindications

  • One may experience lingering soreness following deep tissue session
  • It will be important to drink water following a deep tissue massage to help flush away the metabolic byproducts that get released into circulation
  • Here’s a list of considerations and contraindications for deep tissue massage. Ask you doctor before having a deep tissue massage if you:
    • Have a history of blood clots or a clotting disorder
    • Are taking blood thinners, or have a bleeding disorder
    • Have caner or are undergoing cancer treatment
    • Have osteoporosis (deep strokes could cause a fracture)
    • Have an open wound or skin infection

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