Deep Tissue Massage: Achieve Better Results In The Gym By Fighting Back Against Pain!
No Pain, No Gain!
This old saying may be true when it comes to training hard in the gym and getting the results that you want. However, if you are suffering from a condition that is causing you serious pain and reduced range of motion or you're just so sore from working out that it's affecting your strength; then this is never a good thing, no matter what cliché you use to describe it! The truth is that Deep Tissue Massage treatments can help you resume all those activities that you love most and will ultimately allow you to achieve even better results in the gym!
What Is A Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is a form of massage therapy that focuses on accessing and realigning deeper layers of muscles. It is a form of bodywork used by massage therapists to treat chronic aches and pain caused by contracted muscles.
Some of the strokes are the same as those used in traditional massage therapy, but the movements are concentrated on areas of tension and pain. They are also performed more slowly and the pressure is deeper which allows the therapist to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the connective tissue surrounding muscles, known as fascia.
What Does A Deep Tissue Massage Do?
Pain can often be a result of adhesion's which may be disrupting circulation, causing inflammation and reduced range of motion. These painful bands of rigid tissue are often present when an injury has occurred or when muscle tension has become chronic. In order to reduce pain, restore the proper functioning of the affected muscles and to increase the range of motion, Deep Tissue massage is used to break down these adhesion's. It is crucial that the muscles be relaxed in order for the massage therapist to reach the deeper musculature effectively. Therefore, the therapist will begin warming up the effected muscles by using a lighter but firm pressure. Heating pads may also be used to speed up the relaxation process.
Will A Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
Even if the muscles are properly warmed up by the massage therapist, most people will find that there is usually some discomfort and pain associated with receiving a deep tissue massage. However, the end result will be worth the discomfort possibly experienced during the massage. That being said, it is important to let your massage therapist know when you experience any pain which is outside your comfort range.
It is common that muscle stiffness or pain may be experienced following a deep tissue massage which may last up to 48 hours or so. This is normal considering the breaking down of adhesion's that took place during he massage. The muscles will repair themselves and you will be feeling better in no time.
Helpful Tips That Will Help With Discomfort And Pain:
In order to reduce the possibility of experiencing any discomfort longer than necessary, here are some tips for you to do following the massage.
Heat Treatment: When inflammation is not an issue, taking a warm bath after a massage will help the muscles to relax and will remove tension.
Cold Treatment: When inflammation is present ice can be applied to any painful areas for 20 to 30 minutes. This can be repeated every 2 to 3 hours or so whilst you are awake for the next 24 to 48 hours.
Hydration: Drink plenty of water immediately after the massage and continue drinking a minimum of 5-6 glasses of water per day. This will help to flush out toxins that were released from muscles and properly re-hydrate them. This will also help to reduce muscle aches and stiffness after a massage.
Recuperation: Avoid any strenuous activity after a massage. This includes training at the gym!
Sleep: It is important to allow your body to repair itself. Therefore, getting a proper nights sleep is important.
Stretch: Stretching can help to prevent muscle aches and pain after a deep tissue massage.
What Are The Benefits Of A Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on specific issues such as, chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:
Muscle tension or spasm
Lower back pain
Upper back pain
Recovery from injuries
Repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Tennis and Golfer's elbow etc
“According to Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.”
“Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain. People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.”
What Can I Expect During My Visit?
It is suggested to arrive approximately 10 -15 minutes early if it is your first visit as you will need to complete a health status form. The therapist will then review the form with you and they will explain the framework of the session.
In order to reach the deeper musculature, massage therapists may use their fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during a deep tissue massage. The pressure is generally stronger than a regular massage and the strokes may be slower. Your massage therapist may ask you to breath deeply at certain moments during the massage when they are working on tense areas. Communication between the recipient and the therapist is key in this form of massage.
As mentioned earlier, don't hesitate to inform your therapist of any tender or painful areas as they work. Again, should the pain be above your threshold, let the therapist know as there are techniques that can be used that will still allow for a deep, sustained pressure but with less discomfort.
Can Everyone Get A Deep Tissue Massage?
As with all forms of massage there are some contraindications to be aware of and if you are affected by any of the following conditions you should consult with your doctor prior to receiving a deep tissue massage.
Recent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or any other medical procedure.
Blood clots (Due to the risk that they may become dislodged.)
Some people with osteoporosis should avoid the deeper pressure of this type of massage.
Certain skin conditions: Severe bruises, inflamed or infected skin, skin rashes, unhealed or open wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, fragile bones, or areas of recent fractures.
Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Deep tissue massage (or any strong pressure) should be avoided during pregnancy, but your doctor may suggest a massage therapist trained in pregnancy massage.
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