There are many different types of massages that have been developed over the years. Some have been in use since ancient times while others are relatively new. Each type of massage is different, not just in the way it is performed, but in the types of issues it helps to resolve.
One type of massage therapy that has become more popular in recent times is deep tissue massage. Deep tissue massage can help with a lot of injuries and pains, and a form of deep tissue massage is often recommended as part of chiropractic treatment. However, it is important to first find out if you're a good candidate for this type of massage.
What Exactly is Deep Tissue Massage?
Compared to the classic types of massages that focus more on relaxation, deep tissue massage applies deeper pressure that is more targeted. This is done to get to the deeper muscle layers to break down the 'knots' which are usually painful and hard.
To achieve this, the masseuse will need to get past the superficial muscles before reaching the deeper muscles. The superficial muscles will need to be warmed up first of all. This isn't always possible in the first session.
The therapist will use their forearms, thumbs, knuckles and elbows when performing this type of massage.
What Does Deep Tissue Massage Treat?
Deep tissue massage can be used when treating a wide range of aches, pains and ailments. These include:
Pain in the lower back
Recovery from surgery
Deep tissue massage can help with problems such as those listed above by easing muscle tension, reducing inflammation, relieving pain, lowering blood pressure, increasing flexibility, increasing blood flow to certain areas and breaking up scar tissue. Naturally, to enjoy these benefits, you'll need the massage to be performed by an experienced therapist. If you are already getting chiropractic treatment, deep tissue massage may be covered by insurance as part of your treatment, but you'll need to speak with your chiropractor to see if they have a licensed masseuse as part of their team. Not every type of massage is indicated for chiropractic patients, so you'll want to stick with someone who is advised by your chiropractor.
Is Deep Tissue Massage Right for You?
Deep tissue massage isn't always right for everyone, and just because it was right for you this month doesn't mean you should go back for the same the following month.
For starters, deep tissue massage may not be right for someone who has never received a massage before. Although they may consciously acquiesce, they may resist the process at a subconscious level. A massage can only be effective if the person receiving it is relaxed and comfortable, and this may not be the case the first time around. But you often can't know how you'll respond to massage services until you give it a try; it may be just what you need to alleviate the pain you're experiencing with a chiropractic ailment.