When to Get Deep Tissue Massage

By Breathe Team | Feb 01, 2020

Deep tissue massage can be traced back to a Canadian physiotherapist known as Therese Pfrimmer, who was said to have been looking for a way to treat her leg paralysis, and in the process, discovered that by using more pressure, she penetrated deeper muscles and tissues. These massage sessions eventually reversed the paralysis, thus encouraging her to open a Deep Tissue Therapy Clinic in 1949, and also publishing a book titled ‘Muscle…Your Invisible Bonds.’ Although other massage therapy can be traced back to the Greeks, Egyptians, and the Chinese, the deep tissue massage therapy was created by Therese in Canada.

When does one get a deep tissue massage?Deep tissue massage, unlike the regular massage, involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues, thereby breaking up scar tissue that is formed as a result of an injury and reduce tension in muscle and tissue. The time or frequency needed to get the deep tissue massage therapy may be dependent on the kind of works you do. Ideally, someone who typically stresses their muscle frequently should get a deep tissue massage once in every three weeks, or according to the massage therapist’s recommendation. For the regular person with no much stress, a once-in-a-month appointment is just great. It is a massage therapy that is suitable for the following situations:

Sports injuries– an active sportsperson will encounter one or two sports injuries during practice or at play. Deep tissue massage helps muscles to recover from muscular injuries incurred during a sports session. It helps to relieve pain; this is so because as the skin is massaged, it slows the activity of inflammatory cytokines, which contribute to pain and inflammation. In addition to lubricant stimulation, this massage therapy is known to also be able to help with “lactate clearance, muscle fatigue, delayed onset of muscle soreness (DOMS), and so on. For injuries acquired during sports event or training activities, sports massage is a more appropriate massage therapy.

Fibromyalgia- this refers to a disorder typified by widespread musculoskeletal pain followed by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. With continuous sessions of deep tissue massages, this condition can be lessened or reversed.

Plantar fasciitis– this is an inflammation of the fibrous tissue (plantar fascia) that is located along the bottom of a person’s foot which connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis can result in severe heel pain. A person with this condition is encouraged to be treated alongside deep tissue massage sessions.

High blood pressure– High levels of stress cause the body to produce excess cortisol, which can lead to various health problems, including high blood pressure. Deep tissue massage is said to lower the cortisol level while increasing the serotonin and oxytocin levels (hormones that are responsible for overall happiness, trust and relationship building).

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Sciatica– This is the pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, which extends from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body and can be corrected with continuous sessions of deep massages from an expert in this condition.

Tennis elbow– is an inflammation of the tendons that connect the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons get damaged from overuse as a result of repeating the same motions again and again, thereby causing pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. Before this condition becomes severe, it is encouraged that the activity that deteriorates the tendons be reduced, and deep tissue massage sessions be introduced.

Deep tissue massage can benefit you as a stressed mom or employee, or as a recuperating athlete.  It even gets easier, now that you can call home a certified massage therapist, without having to book an appointment at a massage spa. By Downloading the Breathe App for Android or Apple, and you can get a certified massage therapist for your in-house deep tissue massage.