A specialized, remedial / deep tissue massage is used to treat, muscle problems, occupational disorders old injuries and general aches & pains. Remedial/ deep tissue massage is excellent in correcting dysfunctional muscles thus improving range of movement, posture & mobility.
This type of massage is highly effective in treating tight or short muscles, acute and chronic muscle conditions. This massage uses deep preesue with slower strokes and positional release techniques to release tension and alleviate pain in the muscles.
Neuromuscular technique, frictions & deep stroking are also incorporated in the treatment to help loosen muscle fibers, remove scar tissue, adhesions & fibrous tissue which might be present as a result of an injury or trauma.
Remedial /Deep Tissue Massage
Swedish massage and similar techniques seek to stimulate the surface and relax muscles that are readily accessible. Deep tissue massage tries to go further, to get down to layers where trigger points (muscle knots, localized pain areas) and other problems may reside. Classic massage therapy is used to relax the client, but deep tissue massage work is more focused on treating chronic pain, limited mobility, muscle spasms and the like.
There are a number of specific techniques utilized to accomplish that aim. Classic movements like effleurage (a gliding, long-stroke movement using the flat surface of the hand) move along muscles. Deep tissue massage instead moves across the muscle fibers, but still using slow strokes, in this case deeper. The goal here is to lengthen the muscle fibers, stretch them out to restore natural balance.
But in order to lengthen, the therapist looks for fibers which are already shortened. That can happen from chronic tension, which for many occurs in the neck and shoulders. Frequent computer users and that encompasses a wide group today are particularly prone to this. They may also experience low back tightness as a result of improper posture, a non-ergonomic chair or work-related stress.
Deep tissue massage techniques focus on just such areas. To do so, the therapist employs sharper tools (finger tips, elbows, knuckles) over a smaller area, producing higher pressure. As a result, it’s vital to obtain regular, prompted client feedback. Don’t simply wait for them to jump. Some will actually request more pressure, others will need a lighter touch. For some, the technique simply isn’t appropriate.
The goal is to realign deep layers of muscle and connective tissue that have tensed, formed knots or have trapped fluids. Deep tissue techniques are designed to undo these knots and improve blood flow which helps remove toxins and replenish nutrients more efficiently.
One cause of those conditions is injury. As a result of trauma, a muscle can tense up against itself, as an attempt to protect against further harm. Adhesions sometimes result, hindering circulation, creating pain and limiting movement. Undoing that tension can help create a more healthful condition.
Using direct, deep pressure across the fascia (a thick, fibrous connective tissue covering muscles and joints) can help produce the desired state. After fascia work, it’s possible for a patient to experience some discomfort. It’s important to perform follow up to ensure the contiuation of the treatment in the form of aftercare.