Why would you need a ‘Deep Tissue Massage’?

by admin on January 6, 2011

First of all, what the heck is Deep Tissue Massage? Will it be super painful? Is it like Rolfing? Read on!

Deep Tissue Massage (DTM) is immensely popular with athletes and hardcore exercisers and, it’s also extremely effective for those of us who have fallen off a curb or bike more than once in our lives, or for someone who performs repetitive motions all day for their livelihood. Yes, sitting on your butt qualifies.

Deep tissue Massage (DTM) gets at the restrictions in the deeper layers of the muscles, tendons and fascia where toxins build up in response to a loss of circulation. This lack of circulation leads to chronic inflammation in that area and over time, a further build-up of toxins, loss of mobility, chronic pain and weakness.

Deep Tissue Massage does not automatically involve high-pressure and pain. It means that the therapist gains access to the deeper layers of tissue with as little pressure as possible a.k.a. ‘optimal therapeutic pressure’. The pressure applied is determined by the resistance encountered, and the therapist works with the patient to keep the discomfort within a ‘workable range’. Slow, deep, sustained strokes are applied to specific tissues until the restriction has ‘let go’ or a release is felt. RMT’s use hands, elbows, forearms, fingers, and knuckles to achieve the desired effect, and there’s plenty of firm flushing or ‘effleurage’ to the area afterwards, to dispel the released wastes and to calm the tissues down.

The benefits are clear – Deep Tissue Massage:

  • Breaks up scar tissue from previous injuries
  • Loosens muscles
  • Increases circulation to areas restricted by adhesions (bands of rigid tissue)
  • Decreases pain and discomfort
  • Increases mobility
  • Releases knots and deeply-held tension

Specific conditions that DTM is effective in treating include but aren’t restricted to:

  • Scar tissue realignment
  • Chronic pain
  • Injury recovery ( whiplash, falls, sports injuries)
  • Repetitive strain injury (carpal tunnel, low back pain, IT band issues)
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Muscle tension and spasm
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tension headaches

During a DTM you can expect to be asked to participate by breathing deeply into the diaphragm as the massage therapist works on different areas, and it’s important to drink a lot of water post-treatment to help flush the released toxins from your body. Also, it’s best to eat lightly before receiving a DTM and the therapist may recommend ice application to certain areas post-treatment, or an Epsom salt bath to further draw toxins from your body. There may be some residual soreness but this should subside within 24 to 48 hours and the results are worth the mild discomfort.

If you are ready to receive your Deep Tissue Massage or have any questions I’d be happy to talk with you. Just call or email me at Bayswater Neuromuscular.

My best,

Heather Scheibal RMT

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