In the first of a series looking at physical therapies here we look at deep tissue massage.
We have been practising deep tissue massage from our treatment room in Baldock Hertfordshire for over 20 years. But what exactly is deep tissue massage and who needs it?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that involves applying sustained deep pressure using slow strokes designed to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
By relaxing the outer musculature and then targeting the muscle sub-layers and fascia (connective tissue) it is possible to relieve pain and tension. Interestingly our Clients report that the beneficial effects of this type of massage last longer than other forms of massage commonly available.
Deep tissue massage also promotes quicker healing by increasing blood and nutrient flow and reducing inflammation. An additional benefit is a psychological one – it can help people unwind mentally too.
Although often applied by the hands, in our practice we use a ‘no-hands’ massage technique developed by Gerry Pyves. This application makes great use of the forearm thereby increasing blood flow further and the general effectiveness of the massage. We also use the knuckles, hands and elbows as part of the deep tissue massage.
Does it hurt?
We are often asked: “Does it hurt?”. The answer to this is: “Yes, it can do” but Clients usually let us know if it is too much! There may be some soreness and pain following massage but it should subside after a day or two. Occasionally we will recommend applying ice to the affected area for a short time to aid healing. In addition Clients are encouraged to drink plenty of water following treatment to help flush out lactic acid and other waste products from the body.
What conditions can it treat?
Muscular imbalances affecting the skeletal system
It works in harmony with McTimoney chiropractors
Lower back pain
Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
Muscle tension or spasm
After a workout or bodybuilding
Who shouldn’t have deep tissue massage?
Not everybody should have this therapy! DO NOT have this treatment if:
You are in the first trimester of pregnancy.
You have undiagnosed lumps or bumps.
You have a cold, infection or fever.
Undergoing cancer treatment.
You are taking antibiotics.
You have blood clots or a clotting disorder.
You are taking blood thinners.
You have osteoporosis.
If you are unsure, consult your GP or primary care provider.
See also our webpage about this topic: lifestylediet.space/deep-tissue-massage-baldock-hertfordshire/