Deep Tissue Massage and Trigger Point Therapy
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is accomplished by working the underlying layers of muscles, tendons, connective tissue, and fascia. It is the ability to manipulate these underlying tissues in order to lengthen, shorten, relax, and release holding patterns and unlock tissue memory. By separating and isolating a muscle or surrounding structure, restrictions can be released. Deep tissue does not mean working harder or stronger, the therapist simply works deeper and slower by sinking through superficial layers into the deeper structures using compression and lengthening techniques via the hands, fists, knuckles, thumbs, elbows and forearms. Little oil, lotion, or crème is used in order to appropriately manipulate these deeper structures. Deep Tissue Massage teaches the muscular and connective structures to let go, move on, and recalculate its position within the body. Deep Tissue work can relieve pain, promote healing, and realign the body. Along with Deep Tissue Massage, the therapist follows with a tutorial of strengthening exercises, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) and stretches for at home self treatment.
Deep tissue can help ease the following conditions:
Trigger points can occur in any muscle or within any aspect of connective tissue. Definitively, a trigger point is a hyperirritable spot located in a taught band of muscle situated in the muscuskeletal or fascial system. Normal or usual sites of trigger points are found in the sternocleidomastoid, upper trapezius, levator scapulae, infraspinatus, thoracolumbar paraspinals, quadratus lumborum, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus, however, trigger points can develop within any fascicle of any muscle. Trigger points can promote a steady, deep, dull, or aching pain steadily decreasing range of motion. They can be latent or active. An active trigger point is a very painful and tender area with a referred pain pattern. A latent trigger point is only tender when palpated. When pressure is applied to a specific trigger point, a twitch response (literally, a twitch is seen within the muscle) or a jump sign (client jumps or cries out) may be witnessed. Pressure is then applied to the trigger point or trigger band in order to relieve the pain and dissolve the point. As a trigger point is held, the muscle tension yields to the finger pressure, enabling the fibers to "let go," blood to flow more freely, and toxins to be released and eliminated. This increase and regeneration of circulation will allow oxygen and other nutrients to flow, decrease stress, and ultimately strengthen resistance to disease and promote well-being. Activation of a trigger point is caused by trauma, repetitive motion, repetitive strain, poor body mechanics or posture, compensation, sedentary lifestyle, overexertion, stress, accident, improper diet, overwork, and/or fatigue. Trigger point therapy is usually used in combination with Therapeutic Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Fascial Work, and/or Myofascial Release.
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