Deep Tissue massage works with trigger points throughout the body. This form of massage is most often used to ease back and neck pain and relieve stress.
Muscular Pain and Injury
Injury to muscle or connective tissue can often cause temporary but complete disability. Back injuries are the leading work-related injury in the United States with other muscle and joint injuries taking their toll.
Muscle injuries can be caused by a number of factors including improper lifting techniques, poor physical condition, posture, fatigue, stress, direct trauma, and age. Once a muscle has been injured it is very likely that a repeat injury will occur.
The best way to avoid muscular injury is to exercise. Low impact, frequent exercise keeps the body limber and agile. Walking, jogging, rollerblading, swimming, hiking, and aerobics are examples of lower impact types of exercise. A stretching routine is also a great way to keep muscles and joints functioning normally.
When an injury occurs it is important to allow time for the tissue to heal. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, it may be wise to seek a medical or chiropractic examination. Cold or warm compresses may lessen the pain, but should be used sparingly. A cold compress will cause the tissues in and around an injury to constrict and thus limit the swelling, however this will also decrease blood flow to the actual injury and can prolong healing if used for extended periods of time. Using a warm compress or heating pad will cause the tissues in and around an injury to open-up and promote blood flow. Use both hot and cold treatment sparingly.
Post injury stretches can be very beneficial to the healing process. Stretching the muscles and joints connecting the injury will help to relax the tension and guarding that occurs with most injuries. Always begin a stretching routine lightly and cautiously.
Deep Tissue massage is a great way to relax the muscles around an injury and hence take some of the pain and pulling sensation away. Many sufferers of back injuries have found that post-injury massage decreases recovery time. Heaven's Hands massage therapists have experience treating people with chronic back and muscle injuries and can suggest a massage that may benefit you.