What is a Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage helps to release the deeper layers of the muscles, tendons and fascia (connective tissue surrounding the muscles) by using a firm, deep pressure. Various massage techniques including myofascial release and trigger point work are used to release the soft tissue which can often become tight through exercise, poor posture, repetitive strain or injury. This deep, slow and relaxing massage is extremely effective for releasing chronic and acute muscular tension.
Who Needs Deep Tissue Massage?
Back-pain is the second most common requirement for Deep Tissue Massage, after respiratory disorders, that patients seek help from the health care system. Eighty-five per cent of people will be disabled by an attack of back-pain during their lives, and at any given time, at anyone time about 7% of the adult population will be suffering a bout of back-pain. As a therapist my mission to influence a person’s perception of massage-therapy as a form of self-care, as opposed to an obligatory function, that contributes greatly to preserving a state of equilibrium. Because of surgery budget restraints, patients are usually only referred by their GP, after the pain has become chronic. Any painkillers prescribed have negative side effects, especially with long-term use. Patients are increasingly, self-funding their physical therapy treatments. In Cornwall, large employers report that 18-20% of all sickness absence is due to musculoskeletal pain. In 2012, 35% of disability living allowance claims in Cornwall were for musculoskeletal disorders and they were in the top 5 conditions for incapacity benefit.