Deep Tissue Massage in Coventry

Deep tissue massage, commonly referred to as sports massage, involves the use of firm pressure applied to muscles and fascia (soft connective tissue). By using firm and slow pressure it works to relieve chronic muscles aches and tension. It is most commonly used to treat;

  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Tension/tight muscles
  • Sore legs
  • Painful calf’s

Deep tissue massage in Coventry is a treatment that we offer and is used as part of the rehabilitation of injuries and other chronic conditions that many people suffer with. These include;

  • Repetitive strain injuries-(shin splints, tennis elbow)
  • Muscle strains/tears
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis pain

Deep tissue massage in Coventry is a therapy that has an aim to release tension, elongate muscle fibres and reduce muscular knots. By doing this pain is reduced as more of the muscle is relaxed and ready to work. This also has the effect of increase movement; which in particular for people diagnosed with osteoarthritis can be of massive benefit as it can reduce the load though the cartilage within joints relieving symptoms and slowing down the effects of osteoarthritis.

What to expect from deep tissue massage in Coventry

Deep tissue massage can be fairly strong. Its aim is to reduce the amount of knots in your muscles and break down tension. Due to this it can range from discomforting to painful. It is very common to feel pain during this treatment but that is by design to get the body to respond to the treatment. Usually most people will feel a level of pain that while painful also feels beneficial. Always described as an odd and confusing sensation, that highlights the benefit of what this treatment can provide.

Deep Tissue Massage Techniques 

There are a few different techniques that we use with our deep tissue massage in Coventry that makes it stand out and differ from other massage treatments. Each technique is vital to a deep tissue massage and are used to treat a wide variety of different structures in the body and different conditions that can effect it.

Stripping Strokes

This technique is the most commonly used technique in a deep tissue massage. The technique involves slow firm pressure applied to a muscle or soft tissue while gliding up along the fibres of the muscle; for example gliding up the back or from your neck down towards your shoulders. The point of the stripping strokes is to ease muscular tension by elongating the fibres as well as bring fresh blood to the area to help flush out any irritating substances such as lactic acid.

STR or isometric compressions

Soft tissue release (STR) or medically referred to as isometric compressions is used on specific points throughout the body where trigger points (knots) have formed. A trigger point is a point of neuromuscular dysfunction. These points are formed within a muscle by a multitude of factors including too much exercise, not enough exercise, too much stretching and not enough stretching. What this means is that to live is to have trigger points. They are essential for the body to prevent any possible injury and maintain our system. However when they start to grow as more of the muscle becomes irritated and tight they can cause a lot of discomfort and pain. This is where the STR technique comes in. By applying prolonged compression to a trigger point we cause pain and blood flow to increase. The pain element of this technique is used to get the body to highlight the area for further healing causing the trigger point to release and reduce in size, therefore reducing pain and increasing movement within the muscle. 

Cross fibre frictions

Commonly referred to as just frictions this technique is similar to stripping techniques but whereas the stripping strokes goes along the muscles, frictions are used across the fibres of the muscle. This technique is used directly on tendons and ligaments throughout the body and is used to help the healing process of any scar tissue that may have formed as a result of injury or surgery. When scar tissue is forming is job is to create a strong structure that will prevent re-injury. However due to this, scar tissue will grow in every direction at the site of injury and not just the direction of the injured fibres. By growing in every direction it maximises strength but limits range and function of the fibres. By using frictions as part of a deep tissue massage technique we get the body to restart and renew the healing process again in the affected area. Coupled with some very low level easy exercises it will cause the scar tissue to grow with the fibres therefore still adding strength but increasing function and range compared to not using this technique.


Side effects and precautions

If you have blood clots or are at risk from blood clots then deep tissue massage is not for you. This is due to the risk of dislodging blood clots and causing further or even fatal damage. Other conditions where deep tissue massage is not recommended is for people who have any form of cancer or receiving treatment for cancer. As well as people with organ failure, and women within the first trimester of pregnancy.

Massage should not be carried out on areas with open wounds and active inflammation. As well as possible areas of infection and recent bone fractures.

Side effects after receiving deep tissue massage can include soreness and tenderness. A temporary increase in stiffness and a feeling of being bruised. All of these side effects are very common and should only last 24 hours. If symptoms persist then contact your therapists for advice. Other rare symptoms may include bruising and swelling. These symptoms are rare but can be easily dealt with, again contact your therapists for further advice.