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Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

The feeling of deep relaxation after an effective massage therapy session is unparalleled. Specifically, deep tissue massage is a type of massage that utilizes firm pressure and slow strokes to release deep muscle tension. During the massage session, a skilled therapist, like Dr. Scott Duca at Back on Track Chiropractic and Wellness Center, in Birmingham, Alabama, works to break up muscle “knots” and scar tissue, so you can reap the benefits of better range of motion, increased circulation and pain reduction.

Man getting a deep tissue massage for his back pain.

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

Deep tissue massage is great for people suffering from chronic pain, achy muscles and tension in the neck, back, shoulders and legs. It can effectively reduce pain and inflammation, as well as increase flexibility and circulation. It’s great for injury recovery, carpal tunnel syndrome, poor posture and sciatica. Deep tissue massage can also help athletes who have sports-related injuries or chronic pain from years of tough training.

Deep tissue massage has been proven to be a very effective treatment for osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia pain. It’s great for relieving muscle pain and spasms for patients with lower and upper back pain and reducing tension in people dealing with frequent headaches and migraines.

What to Expect

In the beginning, your therapist will start out with lighter pressure as a warm-up. However, as deep tissue massage focuses on therapeutic techniques to help heal your body, firm pressure is necessary for the majority of the session.

Common massage techniques include stripping, which involves gliding along the muscle with an elbow, forearm, knuckle or thumb, and friction, which helps to realign muscle tissue.  To help optimize your results, deep breathing may be used as your therapist works through particularly tense muscles.

Because of the pressure used, you may find yourself in discomfort or even pain during a massage session. If you’re in pain, tell your therapist so different techniques can be utilized. Tense muscles make a deep tissue massage less effective. You’ll probably feel a bit sore afterward, which can last for a day or two. It’s recommended to drink lots of water to flush out the toxins that were released during your massage session.

How Our Birmingham Chiropractor Can Help

Dr. Duca regularly uses deep tissue massage therapy as a part of his treatment process. During an initial examination, he reviews your health history and current symptoms to create an individualized treatment plan. At Back on Track Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we offer massage therapy in Birmingham, Alabama. We believe in a whole-body, holistic approach to health that includes massage therapy, chiropractic care, nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call our Birmingham office at 205-623-5782.