Finding the right massage treatment for you is something we specialise in; however we tend to hear a lot of questions on why we recommend a particular treatment over others. There are different techniques such as Myotherapy, Remedial massage and Sports massage, and they all have different purposes. Sports massage for example helps you improve flexibility and power, it aids muscle recovery and can reduce your chance of injury. For this reason in today’s article we’ll share with you what deep tissue massage therapy is and why you might need it.
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage works on the deeper layers of connective tissue and muscle. When therapists are performing this technique they use slower strokes across the muscles, and some static pressure (trigger point therapy). Deep tissue massage therapy can provide many benefits, including reducing pain and spasm in overworked or chronically tight musculature; it can help break the neural feedback loops between the brain and muscles in spasm – essentially helping the brain to “turn off the signal” that causes the continuing tightness; it can also aid in the recovery of injured muscles and joints.
Do I need it?
If you are suffering from muscle spasms, chronic pain, muscle tension, postural problems, or are trying to recover from an injury, we do recommend you get deep tissue massage therapy.
This treatment is very helpful for chronically contracted and stressed areas, such as sore shoulders, stiff necks, headaches or low back pain.
We have noticed throughout the years that some patients are afraid it might hurt them. Even though the level of pain and discomfort is experienced differently in each patient, our therapists will always treat to a level that is acceptable to you, and within your thresholds. We will always consult with you before and during a treatment to make sure you are not uncomfortable.
Once your treatment is over you may experience some muscle tenderness but this is normal and it will decrease within a day or two. Applying an anti-inflammatory cream and using our prescribed stretches can help any residual effects. Using a heat pack or hot water bottle can also be extremely beneficial, both for reducing any ongoing spasm, as well as reducing pain.
We hope you found this helpful! Deep tissue massage is a fantastic massage treatment for chronic muscle pain, so don’t be afraid of it! If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact us on (07) 3870 5990 Massage Toowong.