What it is:
“Deep tissue massage is a specific type of massage that works on the deep layers of muscle and fascia in the body,” says Sonya S. Bykofsky, BCTMB. This type of massage involves applying firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. Deep tissue massage techniques are used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle "knots" or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, etc.
Low back pain
Recovery from injuries like whiplash or falls
Repetitive strain injury such as carpal tunnel
Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
Sciatica or Piriformis syndrome
Not all of these benefits have been scientifically proven.
Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during a deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on tense areas.
After the massage, you may feel some stiffness or soreness, but it should subside within a day or so. Be sure to contact your massage therapist if you have concerns or if you feel pain after having a massage.
Drinking water after the massage may help to flush the metabolic waste from the tissues.
Side Effects and Precautions
Deep tissue massage is not be safe for people with blood clots (i.e. thrombophlebitis or deep vein thrombosis) due to the risk that they may become dislodged. If you have blood clots or are at risk of forming blood clots, it is essential that you consult your doctor first.
If you've had recent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or have another medical condition, it's wise to check with your doctor before starting massage therapy. Some people with osteoporosis should avoid the deeper pressure of this type of massage.
Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed or infected skin, skin rashes, unhealed or open wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, fragile bones, or areas of recent fractures. Massage may cause bruising and rarely, hematoma (a localized collection of blood outside of blood cells), venous thromboembolism, and a condition known as spinal accessory neuropathy.
If you have any condition, it's important to consult your primary care provider first to find out what type they recommend.
If you would like to schedule your deep tissue massage, please do so on our home page www.saltmb.com or by calling (843) 444-9095.