The term deep tissue massage can sound intimidating, especially if you don’t know what’s involved.
This treatment targets the deeper layers of muscle and surrounding connective tissues, and can assist with a range of conditions and pains. However, the experience can be very different to what you might imagine when you think about massages.
The steps of a deep tissue massage
If you’re wondering what happens in a deep tissue massage, here are the key stages:
Muscle preparation – Your therapist will likely start by warming up your muscles by applying oil and light pressure to the areas they’ll be working on.
Stripping – This is a technique applied using thumbs, knuckles, forearms or elbows. During this phase you’ll feel a a gliding pressure along the fibres of your muscles.
Friction: Here, pressure is applied across the grain of your muscles with the aim of realigning tissue fibres and releasing any adhesions (areas of rigid tissue) that cause discomfort.
What are the benefits of a deep tissue massage?
The reason most people decide to have a deep tissue massage is to deal with a specific problem. Always check with the therapist before the massage begins Common examples may include, but aren’t limited to:
Chronic muscle pain
Injury rehabilitation and athletic recovery
Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Lower back pain
Breaking up scar tissue
In all of these instances the main aims of deep tissue massage are to lessen discomfort and pain, as well as increasing your body’s capacity to heal itself.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy that’s based on the belief that certain health problems can be caused by stagnant blood and a poor energy flow through your body.
People frequently cite cupping therapy as a form of pain relief, treatment for skin conditions and sports recovery.
Rigid strapping tape commonly used in taping or strapping is often referred to as “sports tape” or “athletic tape” and is most often a rigid style of strapping tape.
Elastic strapping tape can also be used when less rigidity or support is required.
Kinesiology tape is an improved version of elastic sports tape that acts to dynamically assist your muscle function.
Aims of Strapping Tape
After your assessment, your physiotherapist will design your optimal taping to best meet your current needs, These can include:
stabilise or support the injury
pain-relief via a de-loading of the vulnerable or painful structures
or to facilitate normal movement, muscles or postural patterns.