Deep Tissue Massage

deep tissue massage therapy | AICA AtlantaDeep tissue massage is a type of treatment that focuses on the alignment of deep muscle tissue layers.

It is used for chronic pain and aches and contracted areas such as low back pain, a stiff neck and upper back, sore shoulders, and leg muscle tightness.

Some of the techniques are the same as those found in traditional massage therapy, but the movements are slower, and the pressure is deeper.

This deep pressure is concentrated on areas of pain and tension to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the connective tissue surrounding muscles (fascia).

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a particular issue, such as rehabilitation, chronic muscle pain, and

the following conditions:

  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Limited mobility
  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle tension in the glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, hamstrings, and upper back
  • Muscle tension or spasm
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Postural problems
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. sports injury, falls, whiplash)
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow

According to Consumer Reports magazine, more than 30,000 people ranked deep tissue massage as more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than prescription medications, exercise, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, diet, glucosamine and over-the- counter drugs.

Deep tissue massage also ranked highly for pain associated with fibromyalgia.

People often notice improved range of motion immediately after the massage.

How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?

chiropractic treatment using deep tissue massage | AICA AtlantaWith chronic muscle injury or tension, there may be bands of painful, rigid tissue (adhesions) in ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

Adhesions can cause pain, inflammation, limited movement, disruption of circulation.

Deep tissue massage works by breaking down these adhesions to restore healthy circulation and relieve pain.

To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil to apply deep direct pressure. Muscles must be relaxed for this form of therapy to be effective.

Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

At certain points during the massage, some people find there is mild to moderate pain or discomfort.

It is important to let the massage therapist know if any soreness or pain you experience is too intense.

There is usually some pain or stiffness after this type of therapy, but it should diminish within a day or so.

After the massage, the Chiropractor may recommend applying ice to the area.

What Can I Expect During My Chiropractic Visit?

Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, forearms, and elbows during the deep tissue massage. The pressure is typically firmer than a regular massage.

The movements may be slower.

You may be asked to breathe in deeply as the massage therapist works on particular areas of tension.


deep tissue massage consultation | AICA AtlantaDeep tissue massage may not be safe for people who with blood clots (e.g. deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis), due to the risk that they may become dislodged.

If you have blood clots or are at risk of forming blood clots, it is essential that you consult your doctor.

If you’ve had radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, or any other medical procedure recently, it’s prudent to check with your doctor before beginning massage therapy.

Some people with osteoporosis should avoid the firmer pressure of this type of massage. Massage should not be done directly over the inflamed or infected skin, bruises, skin rashes, tumors, unhealed or open wounds, fragile bones, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.

Women who are pregnant should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage.

Deep tissue massage (or any firm pressure) should be avoided during pregnancy, but your doctor may suggest a massage therapist trained in pregnancy massage.

Deep Tissue Massage Tips and After Care

  • massage therapy near atlanta | AICA AtlantaA deep tissue massage may result in muscle tenderness or soreness, which may last a day or so.
  • Your massage therapist may recommend icing any sensitive areas.
  • Avoid strenuous activity after a massage.
  • Don’t eat a large meal before the massage.
  • Drinking water after the massage may help to flush out toxins that are released from muscles and properly rehydrate muscles, which can contribute to reducing muscle stiffness and aches after a massage.
  • If it is your first time at the clinic or spa, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the requisite forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few moments to rest and relax before getting started.
  • Stretching can help to prevent muscle pain and aches after a deep tissue massage.
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