While many massage techniques are meant to induce relaxation with gentle, soothing kneading, deep tissue massages involve more intense muscle manipulation. In turn, they offer proven benefits such as restored mobility and relief from chronic pain.

The goal of most traditional massages is to promote whole-body relaxation. Deep tissue massage, on the other hand, is often used to target specific trouble spots after an accident or injury has left the client stiff and sore, as in instances of whiplash or falls. Deep tissue massages can also help relieve repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome or conditions like fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis that can cause achiness, inflammation, and limited range of movement.

Before a deep tissue massage, a trained and certified massage therapist will try to isolate the area causing the client problems, gaining an understanding of how the pain or injury is impacting their daily life. This can help the massage therapist and the client to clarify what the client is hoping to gain from massage therapy. The massage itself will be customized to the specific needs of the client, focusing on the stiff, sore and achy areas that are of the most concern.

Deep tissue massages work by applying intense, controlled pressure and friction to an afflicted area across the grain of the muscle. They help to relax rigid tissues and relieve the pain associated with stiff muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Deep tissue massage may cause some discomfort, and therapists encourage their clients to keep them informed about their comfort level and pain tolerance during the massage. Some soreness the day after a deep tissue massage can be expected, though the discomfort should pass within the next day. In some cases, therapists may direct their clients to apply ice to tender areas after their massage, as this can help sooth any resulting soreness.

Healing Touch Chiropractic’s well-trained professionals are proud to offer high-quality services to the Evergreen and San Jose areas.  If you have any further questions about our deep tissue massages, or are ready to book your appointment, contact us today!