If you are planning to go to a massage therapist, they can offer you different types of massages. One type you should consider is a deep tissue massage. Below is information on what a deep tissue massage is and how it is done, as well as reasons why this would be a good idea for you.
Deep Tissue Massage
If you have chronic tension in your muscles that are deep into your muscles, a deep tissue massage will work best. The massage therapist uses slower strokes applying direct friction or pressure to the area. They run their fingers slowly across the sore muscle.
If you have deep muscle tension, the muscle is much tighter. Blood cannot circulate through tight muscles, which in turn can cause you to feel even more pain. The deep tissue massage loosens the muscle allowing blood to flow through it to relieve your pain.
The massage therapist generally uses their fingers to do this massage. There may be times, however, when they will also use their thumbs and/or elbows to apply even deeper pressure. The therapist will ask you during the massage how much pain you are feeling to know how deep they can go. They will not cause you a lot of pain, but some pain is normal. The massage therapist will recommend how often you should get a deep tissue massage.
Deep Tissue Massage Benefits
Deep tissue massage can be used for a variety of problems, such as muscle tightness in your back, stiff neck, sore muscles in your shoulders, and more. You may have whiplash or may have a sports injury or fell down. Deep tissue massage can also help if you have carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, or pain from osteoarthritis.
A deep tissue massage can save you a lot of money. As long as a doctor tells you that a deep tissue massage will work for you, it is much less expensive when compared to physical therapy in most cases.
In some cases, a doctor will prescribe medications, such as pain relievers or muscle relaxers. Some of these medications can become addictive and/or cost a lot of money. If you choose deep tissue massage, you may get enough pain relief that you will not have to take any of these medications.
See a massage therapist that does deep tissue massages to learn more about how they are done. The massage therapist can tell you of even more benefits this can offer you.