Deep tissue massage is a deeper form of massage therapy that can specifically target deep structures such as muscles and fascia. The Sports Therapists at Massage.physio.co.uk will often use their thumbs, hands or elbows to apply deep pressure during a number of massage techniques.
- Chronic Pain
- Tight muscles
Chronic pain refers to pain that has been present for longer than 6 months and can occur for a number of reasons such as overuse, poor healing and active trigger points. Active trigger points are localised areas within a muscle where an accumulation of tension and waste products has occurred. Massage treatment can reduce chronic pain by targeting active trigger points through the application of direct pressure via trigger point therapy which can break up adhesive cross-fibre connections and can assist in the removal of waste products.
Our Sports Therapists use deep tissue massage within a rehabilitation programme for post-injury. Following injury, the body lays down type 2 collagen fibres in a disorganised and hazardous fashion. This scar tissue is adhesive and restrictive and if not treated can cause pain, limited range of movement and reduced flexibility. Deep tissue massage can apply force to breakup adhesive cross-fibre connections and realign the collagen fibres into an organised and functional fashion.
Deep tissue massage can be beneficial when applied during times of stress. Stress levels can elevate for a number of reasons such as a new job, an increase in responsibilities or sudden life changes. Deep tissue massage can promote relaxation by stimulating a physical state similar to sleep. Deep tissue massage can inhibit the production of the stress hormone cortisol and increase the release of natural endorphins. The application of deep tissue massage from our Sports Therapists will leave you feeling relaxed, happy and refreshed.