If you are anything like me, you go all out when it comes to sports or physical activities. I’ve taken a liking to rowing lately and while on the water, I tend to jump IN the water too! These two activities have added quite a lot of new motions and stress to my shoulders and back and although stretching helps-nothing relieves the pain like a good massage.
Sore muscles cannot be treated with pharmaceuticals-only the symptoms of sore muscles are addressed, mainly being the pain! It is common for one to feel soreness creep in a day or two after the activity that actually is bringing on the soreness. When this happens there are a few things that will help such as heating the muscles up, stretching them out and continuous blood flow to work out the build up of lactic acid.
While playing in a tennis tournament in Niagara Falls I was driving back and forth to my home in Ajax. The driving mixed with the increased intensity of play had left my whole body tight and stiff before the semi finals. I had stopped in Etobicoke to eat on the way home the night before the match and decided to loosen my body up with a massage.
I googled “best massage in Etobicoke” to see what prices were like. I had no idea, while looking for the best massage Etobicoke offered, whether it would be a therapeutic massage that would help my game or whether they would give me the dreaded “fluff and buff” and just rub my skin and put me to sleep. There was a link to a site labeled: RMT Etobicoke. I clicked it and read the bio of the registered massage therapist. There were a bunch of different types of massages to choose from and I was happy to see deep tissue in there.
This RMT did the deep tissue massage with various techniques such as cross fiber friction, active release, muscle energy, trigger point and myofascial release. I didn’t even know what exactly that meant but I had done active release therapy before and it was used to restore function to areas that were injured or sore so SCORE! That’s what I needed.
The definition of the deep tissue massage on this RMT’s site was listed with the goal to “regain a proportionate straight back position, reduce the side effects of discomfort, displace scar tissue and muscle adhesion’s and increase your range of motion.”
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
The deep tissue massage is a form of massage that penetrates the muscle tissue to its deeper layers.
If we compared it to a Swedish Massage, another technique commonly used, it is similar in nature but employs the use of shorter strokes, with a much higher intensity of firmness. A masseuse would potentially use thumbs, wrists and elbows to focus on specific areas with tightness.
Muscle adhesions are sometimes the underlying reason the body experiences constant muscle tension or pain from a past injury. Adhesions are strips of connective tissue that is painful and stiff and can be found on ligaments and tendons in addition to muscles.
This can cause the waste, blood and oxygen from passing through, restrict your movement, become inflamed and in overall just cause you pain.
A therapist uses deep tissue massage techniques effectively by breaking down these adhesions, which in effect alleviates discomfort and elevates the range of motion to a normal level for your tendons and muscles.
So basically a deep tissue massage is terminology that represents a set of techniques used to break muscle adhesions. The recipient of a deep tissue massage is likely to feel discomfort during this process but relief of the initial pain when it is over.
What are the perks to getting a deep tissue massage?
This technique causes muscle relaxation, clears waste products, improves oxygen and blood circulation to muscles. This makes it easier for the body to dispose of unwanted toxins thereby permitting the muscles a faster recovery time after extensive use. This is achieved with the additional circulation of oxygen rich blood into the now functional muscles.
Victims of accidents and sports mishaps are prime candidates for a deep tissue massage since it improves the flow of blood to underused muscles. Those with chronic muscle tension throughout the body may also find the release from the grasp of pain as this form of massage breaks down scar tissue and knots that are embedded deep in the muscle.
Long story short is that water activities as well as any man thing that leaves your back a mess of knots should be treated with a massage. The best kind of massage that I know will do the trick is non other than the Deep Tissue Massage. Put up with the pain for 90 minutes and you eliminate a few days pain from sore muscles!