Deep Tissue Massage 101: Everything You Need To Know

Have you ever looked at a massage menu and wondered, what is the right massage for me? Or which massage would best tackle my issues? This is normal, and a common question we get. While many massages are meant to me completely relaxing, there is definitely more pressure applied when it comes to that of a deep tissue massage. 

Have you wondered if deep tissue massage might be right for you? Learn more about this massage technique that’s wonderful for injury, inflammation and chronic pain. Our holistic massage experts put together this overview so you know exactly what to expect from your deep tissue massage. Read more below! 

What Is Deep Tissue Massage? 

Unlike other forms of massage, deep tissue massage focuses primarily on getting beneath the surface muscles to the fascia, often concentrating on breaking down muscle knots. Firm pressure is used with slow strokes to allow the massage to reach deeper into the muscles and the surrounding connective tissue.

Massage therapists might achieve this by using their fingertips, knuckles and even elbows to work the fascia. Doing so encourages the breaking up of scar tissue that can result from injuries, helps reduce tissue and muscle tension, increases blood flow and reduces inflammation. 

What Is Deep Tissue Used For? 

Many people can benefit from deep tissue massage as it can treat a variety of issues. Typically, these massages focus on one specific issue or area that needs addressing. 

Those with sports injuries are likely to benefit from a deep tissue massage. People who suffer from long-term pain like fibromyalgia, neck pain and lower back pain are all excellent candidates for regular deep tissue massage as it can have similar effects to over-the-counter pain relief medication. Nerve issues like sciatica and piriformis syndrome can also be effectively treated with the help of deep tissue massage, as can tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Although deep tissue cannot heal these issues, it can contribute significantly to alleviating the pain that they cause and make it easier to function normally. 

Are There Side Effects of Deep Tissue Massage?

Because deep tissue massage applies a lot of pressure to focused areas, it may result in bruising or soreness. It should not be performed on areas that are already bruised or wounded. Parts of the body that have rashes, infected or inflamed skin should also be avoided, as should the locations of tumors, hernias and bones which may have recently been fractured.

Staying hydrated before and after massage can help, and is strongly recommended. 

Can Anyone Have a Deep Tissue Massage? 

People with blood clots or at high risk for them may not be ideal candidates for deep tissue massage as it can lead to blood clots dislodging. The pressure may also be too much for those who have had surgery or treatment for cancer recently, or those with osteoporosis. If you have any of these conditions or circumstances, contact your doctor before scheduling a deep tissue massage to see if it is an appropriate massage for you. 

A Holistic Experience Like No Other 

Deep tissue massage can make a world of difference in the lives of those suffering from injuries, chronic pain, inflammation and other issues. Contact Holistic Vitality Center online, or call our team at (919) 848-3333 to discuss options that are right for your specific concerns, and schedule a massage that is perfect for you, today!  

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