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Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage refers to a type of massage that involves the manipulation of the deeper structures of the connective tissues. It differs widely from the other types of massages as its main duty is to penetrate through the superficial layers with specific techniques to target the deeper structures of the connective tissues such as muscle tissue, tendons and fascia which may be under tension or suffering from chronic tightness or adhesions (scar tissue) on the muscles which can lead to problematic functional movements.



The closest massage to that of deep tissue is the Swedish massage. They both consist of similar techniques but the deep tissue massage uses a more direct penetrative force to pin point the actual spot that requires manipulating.

Deep tissue massage requires specialised techniques with a great base of anatomical knowledge due to the complexity of the deeper structures of connective tissue.

The therapists at Liverpool Physio have undergone specialised training in order to assess and perform the suitable techniques to combat the findings of the deeper structures.


Deep tissue massage on vastus lateralis muscleAbove: Deep tissue massage on vastus lateralis muscle



Who can deep tissue massage help?



Deep massage is a type of massage that is suited for individuals that are in the stages of rehabilitation from an injury or just anybody wanting a deeper massage that penetrates the superficial structures and concentrating on the deeper structures.

This type of massage can be directed at anybody from any walks of life that have a build-up of tension and tightness deep in the structures that needs releasing in order to operate at a functional level without experiencing stiffness and in many cases pain.

The following techniques are use in deep tissue massage by Liverpool Physio therapists:- These techniques can be used in combination for a number of instances, such as:-

What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?



There are many benefits to deep tissue massage, whether it's to incorporate it into a fitness programme to speed up the recovery time of sore muscles to enhance the effects of a workout or incorporating it into everyday life to maximise the functional movements.

The benefits of deep tissue massage are:-
  • Increase blood flow
  • Improved recovery
  • Increase flexibility
  • Reduce delayed on set muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • Relaxation of the muscles
  • Increased healing
  • Maintain healthy muscles
  • Relieve pain
  • Increase range of movement
  • Maximise performance
  • Realignment of scar tissue




Deep tissue massage on soleus muscleAbove: Deep tissue massage on soleus muscle



How deep tissue massage works



The specialists at Liverpool Physio have a great understanding of the physiological and physical effects of deep tissue massage and how to apply the correct type of techniques for each individual issue.

The specialists combine their knowledge and skill to eradicate the underlying problems of the deep tissues with the use of different techniques. By increasing the pressure of the stroke the blood vessels and lymph vessels are able to transport more blood to the affected area creating a vacuum type scenario which works to squeeze out the excesses fluid in the damage tissues so that nutrients can be restored back with the structures.

A deeper massage applied by the specialists causes an increase in the tissue permeability which means that the vessel walls open up in order to transport the vital fluids to pass easily through, this process helps to remove the toxins built up and aids in the recovery process.

With stretching of the muscle fibres the tension that has built is up is released. Scar tissue built up from previous trauma that can cause weakness and stiffness is broken down and realigned which has an overlying effect on flexibility.





Deep Tissue Shoulder Massage targetting trapezius muscleAbove: Deep Tissue Shoulder Massage targetting trapezius muscle



Summary



Contrary to popular belief sore muscles caused by strenuous exercise or heavy functional activities isn't caused by a build-up of lactic acid but the micro tears in the muscles fibres on the lowering phase of the muscle contraction. A deep tissue massage would promote a fast recovery time to these small tears decreasing the time of delayed onset muscles soreness so that activities can be participated in sooner rather than later.

How to book an appointment

For an instant deep tissue massage with one of our specialists then call email us on office@liverpoolphysio.co.uk or call 0151 558 0077.

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