Deep tissue massages are a wonderful way to heighten your relaxation and help your muscles! You may have a friend or two who have recommended you get one, but what should you expect?

What is a deep tissue massage?

A deep tissue massage involves the massage therapist using oils and relaxing the top layers of muscle. He or she will do this in order to better manipulate the deep layers of your muscles and tissues.

Why should I get one?

If you suffer from chronic pain, a deep tissue massage may be able to penetrate some of the tension causing your discomfort.

Does it hurt?

Your muscles will naturally attempt to fight the massage because they think they are about to be harmed. If too much pressure is applied, your muscles may tighten and fight against the massage therapist’s pressure. However, massages are meant to make your muscles relax! You may feel a bit uncomfortable during your massage, but your massage therapist will work with your pain tolerance. If you have a low pain tolerance, you may need several sessions to really feel the results.

What sorts of techniques will the massage therapist use?

There are a few techniques massage therapists use to perform a deep tissue massage, but there are two advanced techniques you can expect:
Neuromuscular therapy: this type of massage works to help your central nervous system and your muscles work together and relax.
Myofascial release: this type of massage works on lengthening and stretching the fascia tissues that surround your bones, organs, and muscles. If your fascia tissues are tight, this can lead to pain and limited movement.

Not everyone needs a deep tissue massage, so if you are uncertain, see the professionals at Santa Clara Chiropractic Center. Our chiropractors look forward to meeting with you and suggesting the best massage options for your body.