Deep Tissue Back Massage Therapy

Back pain is one of the most common problems that people face. It can be so bad that they would have to miss school or work and even go to the doctor. Identifying the cause of back pain is not always possible, but it’s rarely anything serious.

Back pain has several symptoms, ranging from muscle aches to a burning or stabbing sensation. Additionally, the pain may radiate down towards your leg may worsen with bending, twisting, lifting, standing, or walking.

Fortunately, there are things that can be done to prevent or relieve most back pain episodes. Some optional treatments include deep tissue back massage therapy. Read on to find out more!

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Why Try Massage For Back Pain? 

Maintaining a good posture is one of the most common causes of back pain. Sadly, it is often ignored or taken lightly. Keeping in mind that the spine is a critical part of the body, a therapist can use effective massage techniques to help patients survive and recover from severe back pain.

Massage therapies, when done correctly, can help protect the central nervous system. It goes more than just giving a soothing or relaxing feeling. Proper massage therapy can be an absolute lifesaver in nervous dysfunction.

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Deep Tissue Back Massage Therapy Techniques

Deep tissue back massage involves a higher intensity group of massage techniques. The name of the technique indicates that the techniques will produce more intense feelings. This is because of the higher applied pressure as well as greater specificity of the pressure. 

Although it is higher in intensity, the sensations you feel should always be bearable to be effective. That being said, you should be able to breathe through the intensity of the massage. It also shouldn’t tighten or flinch other muscles.

You can use several different techniques for deep tissue massage for back pain.

Myofascial Release

The first one is myofascial release. This technique involves slow strokes aimed at impacting the body’s “fascial layer”. The fascial layer is a layer of connective tissues that lies between the visible skin layer and the muscles. What it does is connect and weave throughout the entire muscular system, including tendons and ligaments. Simply put, the fascia is like the ‘glue’ that connects all the body’s cells together. 

The myofascial release technique uses slow and sustained pressure to open up the fascia. This will help reduce pain and other feelings of restrictions. Fascial release has the ability to also restore lost range of motion. 

Trigger Point Therapy 

Trigger point therapy is one of the most specific deep tissue massage techniques. This technique only uses the area of a finger or thumb tip to apply pressure. Trigger points are tender areas in the soft tissues. Colloquially, trigger points are called “knots”.  In reality, they are more like tini cramps. 

The idea is to press the points and hold it for a sustained time. Putting pressure on the trigger point can often increase the referred pain, at least for a short period of time. Once the knots are released the pain will gradually do away. 

Muscle Stripping

Muscle stripping or longitudinal friction is a technique which is applied along the length of a muscle. This involves moving in the direction that the muscle fibres are oriented. This technique is ideal when the primary intention is to elongate muscle fibres. 

Spinal erectors are a common area to apply muscle stripping to. Muscle stripping is easily applied to wider back muscles. This is because the direction of pressure is with grain of the muscle fibres.

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Mentioned above are only two of the five common deep tissue back massage techniques. The other two techniques are “cross-fiber friction” and “pin and stretch”. Take time to understand each technique to see which one would fit better with what you need. Better yet, consider consulting with a professional to find out what is best for you. 

Are you looking to give your muscles a break? Want to move better and faster? Check out the Massgun Heat. The mass gun heat provides fast recovery or a better move. The combination of a heating head and the percussion massage can quickly relieve tense muscles! Be sure to check it out. 

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