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What is a deep tissue massage? When is it recommended?

If you’re suffering from muscle tension a deep tissue massage might be what you’re looking for. During a deep tissue massage, the pressure is stronger and concentrated on the problematic area. This might lead to a little bit of discomfort. It is worth it though, as it helps alleviate the pain in the long term!


We asked our Chiropractor in London, Dr. Anika Bhayani to explain what a deep tissue massage is, and explain when it is a good idea to receive one.


What is deep tissue massage?


Deep tissue is a type of massage therapy that is used to treat chronic tension and injuries from overuse. Therefore, the pace tends to be slower and pressure is applied more strongly, concentrated on problem areas. The therapist may use their forearms and elbows as well as their hands in order to break-up muscle adhesions. These adhesions can cause pain and inflammation, and restrict movement and circulation in muscle tissue. Deep tissue massage works to realign the different layers of tissue. Treating the tendons, ligaments and fascia, as well as the muscles to release tension and provide pain relief.


Is deep tissue massage for me? What are the benefits of a deep tissue massage?


These massages usually focus on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain and injury rehabilitation. The list of conditions that can be effectively treated is extensive and includes:


  • Whiplash
  • Repetitive strain
  • Postural problems
  • Sciatica
  • Sports injury
  • Muscle spasms in the gluts, hamstrings, upper back etc.


It’s also recommended for fibromyalgia pain with an improvement in the range of motion often noticeable immediately. The benefits aren’t just muscle and pain-related. Also, deep tissue massage treatment can lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone levels. Massage is good for the mind as well as the body boosting mood and helping you relax.


Do these types of massages hurt?


At certain points in the treatment most people do experience some discomfort. That’s to be expected when the pressure is deep and direct on painful or injured areas. Scar tissue is being loosed and muscles lengthened. Also, while performing a deep tissue massage, knots are being undone and sub-layers of muscle moved back into the right place. Taking a deep breath when especially tense areas are tackled can be helpful. It’s important to tell your massage therapist which areas are painful and if the soreness becomes too much. They can easily reduce the pressure to help the muscles relax. There’s benefit in having multiple treatments and giving your body a chance to adjust.


There is usually some stiffness or tenderness after. However, this shouldn’t last more than a day or two. Stretching can help to reduce this. You can also put ice on any painful areas. Drinking water also helps with muscle rehydration and to flush out the toxins that are released during the massage.


When to avoid deep tissue massage


Massage shouldn’t be done directly over:


  • bruised skin
  • inflamed skin
  • infected skin
  • rashes
  • wounds
  • fragile bones
  • areas of recent fractures
  • tumours
  • abdominal hernias


If you have recently had surgery, chemo or any other medical procedure, please check with your doctor before having a massage. Deep tissue massage may not be suitable during pregnancy (unless the therapist is specifically trained) and may not be suitable for some people with osteoporosis. Massage can be unsafe if you have or at risk of forming blood clots as these can become dislodged.


Are you searching for a “Chiropractor Near Me” to get a sports massage or deep tissue? Book a treatment in London at our Chiropractic Clinic


If you’re suffering from aches and pains, feel free to call us 07376 243726 to book your appointment today! Our Chiropractic in London is centrally located. Visit our Chiropractic Clinic located in Covent Garden, or our Chiropractic Clinic in Mayfair.


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