THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE THERAPY
Deep tissue massage or sports massage uses deeper pressure and cross-fiber friction in order to release tissue that is adhered or in spasm, which is therapeutic for the individual receiving the treatment.
A therapeutic massage is when you present the therapist with a specific ailment (for instance, pain in your hip, tight shoulders, or a spasm in your lower back—or even all three). The therapist then follows four steps:
Assesses your current condition.
This will include asking how long you have experienced the pain, whether the onset was sudden, where pain discomforts you, etc. The therapist will also observe the way you move, test your range of motion, and feel the tissue during the treatment for consistency and texture.
Propose a plan.
Once the therapist has a good idea of the state of your condition, treatment options will be proposed to you. This might be as simple as focusing on your area of discomfort—shoulders, lower back, left or right hip—instead of doing a full-body massage during one session. The therapist might recommend a series of sessions at recommended intervals and indicate the kind of progress you can expect during that time. Other ways of treating the area will be recommended, such as using heat, ice, hydrotherapy, or stretches. If appropriate, the therapist might refer you to another health professional for further assessment and treatment.
Perform the therapy.
This is the actual massage, or treatment, based on the assessment and the plan you have agreed to.
Evaluate the outcome.
At the end of the treatment, you and the therapist review and discuss the results. Is the pain less? Is there more mobility in the joint? Has your posture improved? Based on the results, the therapist can recommend you schedule additional sessions and the frequency of the visits. If you come every week, for instance, you’ll see quicker progress than if you wait two or three weeks between sessions. An evaluation will take place at the end of each session to determine the continued course of therapy.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic pain patterns of tension build-up in the body. Through slow strokes and deep finger or elbow pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia. It also helps break up and eliminate scar tissue that builds up in the body and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by tendonitis and arthritis.
A deep tissue massage is intended to alleviate pain and tension hidden deep within the muscle tissues. You can expect an intense therapy session. Please note that deep tissue massages are not intended to be a gentle and soothing experience, although they are meant to reduce pain. If you’re looking for a lighter, more soothing massage, we recommend a traditional relaxation massage.
Sports injuries occur during any type of physical exercise, not just while playing a sport. Common sports injuries include tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, lower back pain, torn ACL, torn ligaments, and sprains and strains. Improper use of weights or lack of proper equipment are often to blame. Other times, accidents happen. If we have fitness goals in mind, it can be easy to ignore our physical limitations. Sport massages helps alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity where minor injuries and lesions occur due to over exertion and/or overuse. Massages can break them down quickly and effectively. Sport massages incorporates a combination of techniques, including stretching, compression, friction, toning, and trigger point response technique similar to acupressure or shiatsu. This treatment tends to be deeper and more intense.
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