Answers to FAQ

Can I have deep tissue massage when I´m sick?

Generally­­­­­­ it is not advisable to have a deep tissue massage if you are unwell but all individual cases are different. Please feel free to contact Martin at Healing Hands Chiropractic to schedule a free telephone consultation on tel. 020 8948 9102.

Do deep tissue guns work?

If used by a professional they can be of some benefit but there is no substitute for an experienced and professional pair of hands.

Do you ache after deep tissue massage?

Because of its nature deep tissue massage must reach the deeper musculature, therefore some discomfort will be unavoidable. The majority of people will ache the following day.

Do you feel tired after deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage can be quite taxing on the body, especially if it´s your first time or an especially long treatment, so some tiredness should be expected.

How does deep tissue massage work?

Deep tissue massage works by releasing tension and adhesions on the more profound/deeper muscles of the body. To do this the therapist must work around, between and sometimes through the more superficial/surface layer of muscle. Firm but measured, pressure and strokes are applied causing the separation of adhesions and/or relaxation of the targeted muscles.

How long after deep tissue massage can you exercise?

That really depends on the muscles worked and the type of exercise you would like to do. Generally speaking it´s best to wait 48 hours after a treatment but your therapist will be able to advise you on specifics and even recommend some form of exercise to aid in rehabilitation/recovery.

How many times a week can I have deep tissue massage?

I would recommend a maximum of 2 treatments in 1 week as deep tissue massage is quite intrusive and the body needs time to recover. That is if the massage treatment relates to the same area being treated at each visit. If you have more than one issue that requires deep tissue therapy then by alternating the areas being treated sessions could theoretically be closer together.

How much does deep tissue massage hurt?

That will depend on the area being treated, the pain tolerance of the client and the severity of the problem but it is safe to say that some degree of discomfort should be expected. For example sensitive areas can include the calf muscles, quadriceps and the trapezius but again this is very individual.

How much water should I drink after deep tissue massage?

A well hydrated muscle will recover much faster than a muscle that is suffering from even slight dehydration. I would recommend 3-4 glasses of water in the first 2 hours after treatment and then 1 glass every hour after that (on the day of the treatment)

Should deep tissue massage leave me with bruises?

The short answer is NO. However some people are much more susceptible to bruising than others, if you are one of these people then your massage therapist must be made aware of this before your treatment.

Should I eat before deep tissue massage?

I would not recommend that you eat less than an hour before your treatment but you should not come to a treatment hungry or light headed because you have not eaten. A light snack to avoid feeling faint should not cause any problems.

Should I apply ice after deep tissue massage?

If ice is required after your treatment your deep tissue massage therapist will advise you.

What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage restores elasticity to tight muscles making them function more efficiently. This means reduced effort and increased energy and performance. Deep tissue massage also releases adhesions. Adhesions are literally incidences of muscle, fascia and tendons being stuck to the structures around them, usually caused by inflammation. Releasing these adhesions means recovery of a full range of motion and therefore more power in the affected muscles. All of this adds up to a big reduction in pain and discomfort.

In the case of sports, for both men and women, this means shorter recovery from intense training sessions and injury, less incidents of injury and improved performance in their given sport.

What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage restores elasticity to tight muscles making them function more efficiently. This means reduced effort and increased energy and performance. Deep tissue massage also releases adhesions. Adhesions are literally incidences of muscle, fascia and tendons being stuck to the structures around them, usually caused by inflammation. Releasing these adhesions means recovery of a full range of motion and therefore more power in the affected muscles. All of this adds up to a big reduction in pain and discomfort.

In the case of sports, for both men and women, this means shorter recovery from intense training sessions and injury, less incidents of injury and improved performance in their given sport.

When should I get a deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage therapy is much more effective if done at regular intervals, ie. as maintenance or as part of a training programme. Alternatively you should speak to a therapist if you notice the onset of muscle stiffness or fatigue, don´t wait for the problem to become chronic or turn into an injury, “Prevention is better than cure”.

Does deep tissue massage help with cellulite?

The long deep “warm up” strokes of deep tissue massage can help with a reduction of cellulite but that is not the primary purpose of deep tissue massage. There are specific massage therapies for the treatment and reduction of cellulite.

Does deep tissue massage help with cellulite?

The long deep “warm up” strokes of deep tissue massage can help with a reduction of cellulite but that is not the primary purpose of deep tissue massage. There are specific massage therapies for the treatment and reduction of cellulite.