"The best way to fix a problem is to fix it before it’s a problem." - Dr Jeremy Hammond
Applying deep pressure to soft tissue structure, such as muscle, long term discomfort and tension can be released. This is known as deep tissue massage and has been shown to be beneficial for various conditions. The clinician will focus on specific areas of tension, pain or discomfort and aim to break down tight bands of tissue, known as adhesions. By working on the differing layers of tissue known as fascia, with deep slow movements, pain can be reduced and movement improved. Deep tissue massage, with its remedial effects, can help with issues such as upper back tension, stiff neck, lower back pain, shoulder discomfort, thigh and leg tightness as well as acute and chronic aches and pains.
Deep Tissue and Sport Massage
Our clinic uses a multidisciplinary approach utilising all therapy classes for best patient outcomes.
What is deep tissue massage?
By working through the connective tissues and muscles, deep tissue massage is able to get down to the deepest reachable layers. Scar tissue, adhesions and trigger points form within muscles as a result of acute or chronic inflammation, injury/trauma, repetitive movement and poor posture. As well as relaxing and lengthening the superficial muscles, deep tissue massage can also aid in lymph and blood circulation, and well as digestive motility, known as peristalsis. Micro-tears occur within the fascia as a result of the massage. These tears fill with elastin and collagen which allows for increased flexibility. After a session of deep tissue massage, stretching is recommended to avoid reoccurrence of the adhesions.
What is sports massage?
Sports massage has many benefits, which are especially apparent if you train or exercises regularly as increased tension is created within the muscles. By massaging the muscle, our clinicians can help to prevent the fibres from sticking to each other or the bones. When training, muscles can increase in size, tighten and shorten, which makes it difficult for blood and nutrients to flow into them. As sports massage can help lengthen and loosen muscles, it can then help with the inflow of blood and nutrients into it, as well as waste products out. This is one of the ways that massage helps improve recovery and reduce pain. As muscles transfer force to tendons and bones, as well as affecting ligament tension, making sure your muscles are soft and compliant reduces the stress put on other structures and improves movement efficiency. Massage has also been shown to have an effect on reducing stress and anxiety, allowing improved recovery.
What will my first treatments consist of?
At the start of your first deep tissue massage appointment, the clinician will find out which areas are causing you discomfort and/or pain, as this will dictate how to best treat your presenting issue. After the necessary consultation, our clinicians will look to start your treatment immediately. Generally, treatment will be concentrated on the areas discussed within the consultation, with pressure being applied to the affected areas. The main aim of treatment is to ultimately reduce adhesions and scar tissue from muscles allowing increased pain free movement.
How long will it take to recover?
Your clinician will ask for feedback in regards to the pressure they are applying during the treatment. If you ask or prefer deeper/heavier massages, you may experience more discomfort and some skin discoloration/bruising for a few days after, along with fatigue. However, this is short lived, and most people feel better with increased energy levels then next day.
Is it affordable?
Definitely, this is a very affordable form of treatment. Once you have tried it, you will definitely feel the beneficial effects of massage once you have tried it.