Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is an excellent choice for people who are recovering from musculoskeletal issues. It is popular among those who have muscle strains and other sports-related injuries.
Deep tissue massage differs from other massage techniques because the massage therapist uses slow, deep strokes over the area. The slow, deep strokes allow for the inner layers of the muscle and body tissue to be targeted in ways that other types of massage are not capable of.
If you’re experiencing muscle strain or pain that is caused by overusing a specific muscle group, deep tissue massage is likely the best choice for you. Other massage techniques, such as Swedish massage are able to release tension, but they are not as penetrating or as good for targeting specific areas of pain or injury that require deep stimulation.
When to Consider Deep Tissue Massage
- If you have Fibromyalgia
- If you suffer from severe joint pain
- If you’re dealing with Sciatica
- Sports injuries or other muscle injuries
As you can see, deep tissue massage holds vast healing potential, but there are some instances in which it should be avoided.
When to Avoid Deep Tissue Massage
- If you are taking blood thinners
- If you have a blood clotting disorder
- If you have osteoporosis
- If you are receiving radiation treatments
If you have any of the conditions mentioned above, deep tissue massage may not be safe for you. The deep stimulation and amount of pressure used during this type of massage may stress brittle bones and cause fractures in people who have osteoporosis or are receiving radiation treatments.
If you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, this style of massage therapy may also prove to be dangerous for you. If you are uncertain, it is best to speak with your healthcare professional before moving forward with receiving this type of care for your muscle pain.