How does deep tissue massage work?

what is a deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage is a popular method used in therapy to ease aches and pains, rehabilitate injuries, and improve mobility and posture. How does deep tissue massage work? We’re going to look at the thinking behind this highly effective treatment method and how we use it to support our chiropractic adjustments.

What is a deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that uses sustained pressure and slow deep movements to reach the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissue. This form of massage is especially useful in helping with chronic aches and pains in the neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, and legs. The pressure sustained in this form of massage does this by targeting the scar tissue and adhesions in muscles, tendons, and ligaments and releasing them to reduce pain and stiffness.

Deep tissue massage benefits

Regular treatment with deep tissue massage can help you reduce pain, improve flexibility and movement, and get you back to a more normal way of life. It is often a popular choice as an alternative to pain medication and can also help with postural issues before they become a larger issue. Other deep tissue massage benefits include:

  • Reduced injury recovery times
  • Improved mobility
  • Treatment of repetitive strains such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Relieve muscle tension
  • Treat conditions like Fibromyalgia, Sciatica and Tennis elbow
  • Ease chronic pain

Deep tissue massage does involve more pressure than other forms of massage and as such can feel uncomfortable. However, it shouldn’t feel painful so please remember to speak to your therapist if any treatment is causing you pain. You may still feel some soreness the day after a session but it should pass after a day or two. A lot of patients also swear by drinking lots of water after a deep tissue massage to flush the lactic acid released during the treatment.

Even with all these deep tissue massage benefits, it’s important to understand that massage isn’t a cure-all. This treatment, as part of a full program including exercise, massage, chiropractic adjustment, and laser therapy, can glean significant results and improve your strength and mobility while reducing aches and pains. As always, we recommend talking to the experts first; whether it is contacting us directly for a private consultation or consulting your local GP for advice on any chronic pain or musculoskeletal concerns.

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How deep tissue massage helps support chiropractic adjustments

At Relief Chiropractic, we create holistic programmes that get to the root of your concerns to reduce pain and help you get back to living life on your terms. Our chiropractic team regularly helps patients improve their immune system function, blood flow, flexibility and overall range of motion.

Muscles and the nervous system are closely aligned and treating muscles through deep tissue massage while at the same time treating the nervous system with targeted chiropractic adjustments allows you to treat pain more effectively and improve motor function.

Talk to an expert today

At Relief Chiropractic Health Clinic, based in Cambridge, we specialise in treating patients with gentle and effective techniques to restore normal function, reduce back pain and improve everyday life, click to view our different types of massage.

As with any concern we recommend consulting us directly or speaking to your GP if you are suffering from any persistent aches or pains. If you are interested in finding out more about treating pain with deep tissue massage and chiropractic adjustment or want to know more about how we can help you then please book an appointment or contact us today.