Deep Tissue Massage is a style that focuses on applying deep pressure to the layers of specific muscle fibers or group of muscles. Muscle pain and dysfunction can be a result of injury, poor posture, or repetitive use. Muscles fibers and connective tissue injured from tears or trauma, may not heal in proper alignment, (similar to a broken bone), and scar tissue or adhesions can form. This can prevent the proper shortening or lengthening of the muscles resulting in an imbalance of movement and pain, and cascading to a variety of other complications.
This is where a Therapeutic Massage Therapist is trained to identify what muscles needs to be treated. After the assessment a customize a massage treatment plan is made for your muscle rehabilitation. Recovery time depends on a variety of factors and may include multiple massage treatments, exercise, and limiting certain activities. Some conditions may need to be referred to a health care professional.
Some things to consider is:
- Occurrence – When did your symptoms first occur and what happened?
- Pain – Where is the pain and what movements make symptoms better or worse?
- Injury or Health condition – Do you have a diagnosis from a physician?
The source of muscular pain may be from an obvious injury or it can develop over time from poor posture or atrophy (loss of muscle tissue).