Deep Tissue Massage. Everything You Need to Know.
What’s is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage that was created to specifically target areas of tension in the body. It utilizes steady pressure to access the muscle and fascia tissue better than other forms of massage. Unlike the relaxing massage treatments offered in most spas, deep tissue has been shown to provide more long-term benefits.
What is Deep Tissue Massage Used For?
This form of massage is used for a wide variety of reasons. At Dynamic, we use it in three primary ways: assessment, prevention, and treatment.
Our patients are all very unique. Different biomechanics, injuries, hobbies, and lifestyles all contribute to an individual's physical health. On top of that, physical problems are rarely as straightforward as they seem. What a person thinks might be a knee injury could stem from a hip dysfunction. We gain as much information as we can from our patients via their history but a hand’s on assessment is equally important. A thorough deep tissue massage can help the practitioner identify any abnormalities or areas of excessive tension.
The most effective form of injury treatment is injury prevention. At Dynamic we work primarily with athletes so we especially prioritize injury prevention. For most of these athletes, regular maintenance is the only way to maintain their longevity in the sport. An athlete puts their body through all kinds of strains on a regular basis and muscle tension is a common byproduct. Any athlete will tell you that some level of soreness is a pretty normal feeling. What isn’t healthy or normal though is prolonged muscular tension.
Areas of excessive muscular tightness can lead to a whole assortment of problems. They can pull on other muscle groups putting strain elsewhere. It can cause the body to overcompensate by using another body part or worsen mobility. Repetitive tension or damage can even lead to a tear eventually. Regular deep tissue massage can help to prevent all of these problems. Deep tissue promotes improved mobility and range of motion, posture, and even athletic recovery.
Unfortunately not all injury is preventable— slips, trips, and falls happen. Each injury will require its own type of treatment but in many instances, deep tissue massage can be of use. It helps to reduce muscle inflammation and tension, making other forms of treatment (such as chiropractic work) more effective. In the case of repetitive strain injuries, or sports injuries, deep tissue can help as a form of treatment and as a way to alleviate pain.
What happens during the massage?
During a deep tissue massage, your practitioner will begin by warming up the tissue. The warm-up is a way for the practitioner to search for areas of tension, muscle tone, and lack of muscle tone. It will help identify areas that need work, perhaps even rehabilitative exercises to prevent further issues. Finally, the warm-up part of the massage helps the RMT get a good sense of the tissues response to pressure. Throughout the therapeutic massage, you should remember to take deep breaths and let your massage therapist know any sensations that may arise. While some discomfort is normal, acute pain is not.
After the practitioner has warmed up the body with a light massage, they will begin to get into some of the tight spots. Any area of increased muscular tension is typically where you can expect the therapist to focus their efforts. In order to really get into those areas, the therapist will often use their thumbs, forearms, or knuckles. This might sound a little intimidating but there’s no need to worry. Registered massage therapists have had extensive schooling and training in the practice.
What should I do after the massage?
It’s normal to feel slightly light-headed immediately after the massage. It’s important to drink a lot of water that day to help your tissue stay hydrated and limber. Soreness is another common sensation after a deep tissue massage. This feeling tends to go away within a day or two and is completely normal. Your body has just undergone a lot of muscular work, so it’s best not to work out for the day after. Your body needs a little while to repair and jumping into a work out right away is not going to help with that.
There are facilities for deep tissue massage Calgary wide, what makes Dynamic Movement Lab unique?
At Dynamic movement lab we believe in breaking the common cycle a lot of people end up in: injury, treatment, repeat. We use deep tissue massage as a tool in our belt to help our patients prevent injuries rather than just treating them as they habitually arise. Our registered massage therapists are more than just practitioners, they’re also athletes and coaches. They treat patients to get them back to doing what they love, in a way they’ll be able to maintain.
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