23 Aug Deep Tissue Massage for Musculoskeletal Issues
When we suffer a fall or a sudden collision in an accident, the jolt affects layers of muscle and connective tissues. Usually, after such accidents, people take care of external bruises and leave the deep adhesions and knots that might have formed in the muscles.
These adhesions cause inflammation, stiffness and stop proper blood flow in the affected areas. They are the reason why people keep feeling sharp pains, stiffness, and tension in certain parts of the body months or even years after an accident or fall.
If you have been feeling pain deep in your neck, back, shoulders, arms, and legs, it might be a problem with the muscles and connective tissues in the area. The cause of the problem might not even be from a fall or a motor accident. If you are a very active person, such as a runner or a gymnast, there are chances that you have been working your muscles more than other people. Whatever the cause of your musculoskeletal issue is, a deep tissue massage can help loosen the knots and adhesions to ensure proper blood flow and smooth functioning of the affected areas.
What Is Deep Tissue Massage?
A deep tissue massage targets the deepest layers of muscles and tissues in specific parts of the body. This type of massage aims to help you relax while reaching the deepest layers of tissues and fascia to break up scar tissues. The massage uses slow, deep strokes concentrated only on the affected areas so that the effects can reach even the deepest muscle.
Deep tissue massage uses firm pressure to loosen adhesions. As such, it is not appropriate for people with certain medical conditions. People who have blood clots or are susceptible to getting blood clots may not be able to get deep tissue massage. The firm pressure may dislodge the clots, which may get into tiny blood vessels. Patients with osteoporosis or other conditions that weaken the bones may also not be able to get a deep tissue massage due to the pressure.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage can be used to treat a wide range of illnesses and conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. These include chronic back pain, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, neck pain, muscle tension in limbs, and others. It is great for easing chronic muscle pain and tension and treating pain related to certain medical conditions. Deep tissue massage can also aid injury rehabilitation and improve mobility in stiff muscles and joints.
The Massage Process
A deep tissue massage is a simple process. It should take between 60-90 minutes. The message usually begins with quick strokes to warm up the area, then deeper, slower strokes to deliver the required tension to the affected areas. Deep tissue massage does not involve all body parts, only the affected areas, which would need to be completely exposed. Your therapist will deliver slow and deep strokes to ease your pain using fingers, fists, and even elbows for maximum effects.
During the massage, you would feel the tension leaving your body as the pressure reaches the deepest recesses. Experts advise taking one or two deep therapy sessions every week till symptoms subside.
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