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Comfort Health

Avondowns Court, 7-9 Alma Vale Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2HL


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During a deep tissue massage the deeper layers of muscle and soft tissue are manipulated by the massage therapist. The use of pressure directly on this top layer of muscle, along with massage oils, help to the therapist to reach the deeper layers of muscle. 

When you're suffering from ongoing aches, pains, tightness and stiffness, for example a stiff neck, upper back, shoulders, lower back or leg muscles, you want relief. Deep tissue massage can help, a specific kind of massage therapy using firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deep into the layers of your muscles and the tissues that connect them, the fascia. Here's what you need to know about the benefits of deep tissue massage.

What is deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage is used to focus on a specific problem. Sometimes it's chronic muscle pain or tension, something that can happen for many reasons. Sometimes it's an injury.

What does this kind of massage treat?

Back pain and sciatica, whiplash, falls and repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome can all be eased thanks to this type of massage. It's also used to help ease the pain of tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, piriformis syndrome, even fibromyalgia.

Is it the same as a sports massage?

A sports massage is more about preventing injury while you play your sport, addressing sport-specific issues, or to help you recover after sport. This kind of massage is more about relieving pain.

How is a deep tissue massage performed?

Deep tissue massaging techniques are designed to break up scar tissue and get rid of the knots that can develop in your muscles called adhesions, which feel hard and painful. When they become bad enough to disrupt the circulation and cause pain, limit your movements or actually get inflamed, deep tissue manipulation eases the pain. At first your therapist will use lighter pressure in a general sort of way, to warm your muscle up and prepare them. After that they'll blend two effective techniques to treat your pain, using a combination of their elbows, forearms, knuckles and thumbs:

  • Stripping, which means making deep, smooth movements longways along the muscle fibers

  • Friction, which means applying pressure across the muscle's grain to release the knots and get the fibers back in the right alignment

Does deep tissue therapy hurt?

Discomfort and pain isn't unusual, simply because your therapist will be working to ease adhesions and scar tissue. On the other hand pain doesn't mean your massage has worked better. If you feel a lot of pain during the massage, tell your therapist. You might just need some more preparation to loosen up your muscles. A good massage therapist will never massage bruises, swollen or infected skin. They will avoid areas where you have rashes, unhealed wounds, a hernia, or recently-fractured bones.

Are there any side effects from deep tissue massages?

You might feel a bit stiff or sore afterwards, and you might get some bruising in rare cases, but it should go away quite quickly. If you're still feeling pain after a few days, see your massage therapist. It's useful to know that drinking plenty of water afterwards can help your body flush out the toxins and waste the therapist has dislodged from your body.

Who should avoid deep tissue massages?

Deep tissue massage might not be a good idea if you suffer from blood clots, because it can dislodge them and send them around your body. It's also a good idea to consult your doctor first if you have had surgery recently, or radiotherapy or chemotherapy. The same goes for any serious medical condition – ask your doctor first. If you are pregnant, you should also check with your doctor before having a massage. They might recommend a therapist trained in pregnancy massage, someone with a deep understanding of your condition.

Talk first, massage second!

It's always wise to talk through your aims with your massage expert before having a massage. They will be able to reassure you, answer your questions, and advise you when it's best to have a different kind of massage instead of deep tissue work.