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Deep Tissue Massage at Advanced Chiropractic Wellness in Frankfort, IL

Many people who get chiropractic treatment also receive deep tissue massage. This is a therapeutic form of massage meant to help muscles loosen up and to relieve pain related to muscle tension, adhesions, and general stiffness. It may be recommended by your chiropractor if he finds that you have soft-tissue problems that spinal and joint manipulation won't address.

What Makes Deep Tissue Massage Different from Relaxation Massage?

Deep tissue massage is done with specific health goals in mind, and this guides the techniques used. Some of the goals are to break up adhesions and scar tissue, release "knots" in the muscles, and release bands of rigid, painful tissue.

Two main techniques are used to accomplish the desired effects:

  1. Stripping. This involves putting deep, gliding pressure into the target area. It follows the length of the muscle fibers.
  2. Friction. This entails the application of pressure in motions going across the grain of the muscle fibers. It is used to realign the fibers and release adhesions.

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

This therapy is aimed to help with specific pains, tight areas, and similar conditions. Some examples include:

  • Limited mobility
  • Low back pain
  • Postural problems
  • Recovery from repetitive motion injuries
  • Recovery from traumatic injuries and surgery
  • Tension in large muscles like the hamstring and glutes
  • Upper back and neck pain
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Fibromyalgia pain

According to Consumer Reports, a survey of 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage as better at relieving osteoarthritis pain than prescription medicines, exercise, physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, glucosamine, and several other treatments. People also ranked this treatment highly for relieving fibromyalgia pain and improving general range of motion.

What Should I Expect During a Session?

Massage therapists use their fingers, knuckles, hands, forearms, and even elbows to apply sufficient pressure to the targeted areas. They may ask you to breathe deeply at key points. Sometimes, you may feel pain when they get to an especially tense area. Let the therapist know if this happens. Pain can cause you to tense up, and this makes it harder for the therapist to reach the deeper muscles. After your session is over, you might be sore for a couple of days. This is normal.

Is Everyone a Candidate for Deep Tissue Massage?

No, there are a few conditions that preclude this therapy. For this reason, you should have a consultation with our doctor before you start your sessions. If it turns out that you aren't a good candidate for this therapy, we will recommend the most effective alternative for you.

Call Our Frankfort Chiropractor to Learn More

To get a consultation, or to get started with deep tissue massage therapy, just give us a call here at Advanced Chiropractic Wellness. We're in Frankfort, IL and serve the 60423 area. Our number is 815-464-6772.