The pros and cons of deep tissue massage

One of the best forms of self-care is treating yourself to a massage. When booking a massage appointment, you might have noticed there are different kinds of massages to choose from. If you are new to massage therapy, picking the right one can be overwhelming. 

Our deep tissue massage Omaha therapists offer Swedish, pregnancy, hot stone, sugar scrub, aromatherapy and even deep tissue massage. This week our team wants to share the pros and cons of deep tissue massage. 

What exactly is a deep tissue massage?

The name “deep tissue massage” might sound intimidating to some people. However, the name should not scare you. All deep tissue massage is a kind of massage that uses similar techniques to a Swedish massage, except it targets the deep layers and connective tissues. 

Unlike Swedish massage, deep tissue massage typically focuses on specific areas of the body. Tools are sometimes used to reach the deep tissue fully. 

The best times to get deep tissue massage

Now that you know what exactly a deep tissue massage is, it is time to learn when to get one. The best times for a deep tissue massage is when you have:

  • Sport-related injuries

  • Bad posture

  • Chronic pain 

  • Trouble sleeping

Pros and cons of deep tissue massage

Pros of deep tissue massage

Speeds up recovery

Injuries are setbacks when you live a busy or active life. However, the last thing you want to do is make the injury worse. That is where deep tissue massage can help. This kind of massage helps speed up the healing process by improving circulation to reduce swelling and fluid build-up around injuries. 

Prevents injuries

Aside from helping with the recovery process, deep tissue massages also help prevent injuries. This kind of massage may help prevent injuries by breaking down adhesions and increasing range of motion. The breakdown of adhesions, small bundles of collagen fibers, prevents the restricted movement and muscle tightness that may lead to injuries.

Relieves pain 

When people suffer from pain, they usually reach for a painkiller or opioids. The use of these pain relievers has more long-lasting effects than people assume. For example, a report shows that 21 to 29 percent of people with prescribed opioids for chronic pain are misusing them. Deep tissue massage can help relieve pain and help fight this problem naturally and effectively by relaxing the muscles

Cons of deep tissue massage

Should not be used by those with serious injuries

Although deep tissue massage may help speed up injury recovery, it should not be used by those with serious injuries. You should avoid getting this type of massage if you have open wounds, broken bones or an increased risk of blood clots. Check with a doctor beforehand if you have any of these conditions.

Are you looking for a deep tissue massage Omaha provider?

If you have found that deep tissue massage is right for you, book a massage appointment with Wisniewski Chiropractic. Our massage therapists provide the best deep tissue massages in Omaha that can help heal and prevent injuries. Schedule your appointment with our team today!