If you suffer from chronic neck and back pain, chiropractic care and deep tissue massage go hand-in-hand to help manage your pain. Our experienced Boca Raton chiropractor, Dr. Allan DellaBella, frequently integrates deep tissues massage with chiropractic adjustments. This combination enhances pain relief and improves your quality of life.
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
This style of massage therapy targets deep layers of connective tissues to release trapped muscle tension and restore flexibility. Our Boca Raton chiropractor performs deep tissue massage using long, kneading strokes at a slower pace and with more intense pressure than Swedish massage. Rather than relaxing the whole body, deep tissue massage targets specific problem areas.
How Does Deep Tissue Massage Relieve Pain?
Chronic neck and back pain is often caused by bands of rigid scar tissue in muscles, tendons and ligaments called adhesions. These usually develop following an injury. Adhesions block circulation, restrict mobility, limit flexibility and promote inflammation.
Deep tissue massage from a Boca Raton chiropractor attacks adhesions head on. Alternating between strong, targeted compression and friction breaks down tissue and separates muscle adhesions. This allows fresh, oxygen-rich blood to flow into your muscles.
Deep tissue treatments are particularly effective for patients with mobility injuries, postural problems, repetitive strain injuries or chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. If you suffer from symptoms such as muscle spasms or chronic pain, deep tissue massage delivered by our Boca Raton chiropractor could be just what you need to release trapped tension and prevent future spasms.
Design Your Treatment Plan with a Boca Raton Chiropractor
Before your first treatment session with Dr. DellaBella, he will design a treatment plan that focuses on your specific pain management needs while taking your pre-existing health conditions into account. As a general guideline, most patients benefit from regular 60-minute sessions with our Boca Raton chiropractor. We can adjust session length and frequency to meet your wellness needs.
Be aware that deep tissue massage isn’t right for everyone. If you have heart disease or are prone to blood clots, consult your doctor before pursuing this form of treatment.
What to Expect During a Deep Tissue Massage
During treatment, Dr. DellaBella concentrates on your trouble areas, which may include the neck, shoulders, lower back or legs. He’ll advise you to breathe deeply as he applies intense pressure to these areas. As you do, you encourage oxygen-rich blood to flow into the newly relaxed muscle area for healing to begin. Receiving treatment can be deeply satisfying as you feel tense areas finally releasing under the practiced hands of Dr. DellaBella.
Metabolic waste and toxins are also released from muscle tissue during your massage. Drink plenty of water after each treatment session to flush these toxins from your body.
Schedule Deep Tissue Massage with a Boca Raton Chiropractor
To learn more about the benefits of deep tissue massage, or to schedule a treatment session, please contact Shadowood Chiropractic Center at 561-488-4000.
Frequently Asked Questions About Deep Tissue Massage
If you’ve been hearing positive things about a healing technique called deep tissue massage, you may be wondering what this kind of massage is all about, how it works, and whether it might be just the thing to help you with your own physical issues. Here at Shadowood Chiropractic Center, we don’t hesitate to administer deep tissue massage as an effective treatment a wide range of physical problems. Here are some frequently asked questions we receive on the subject.
What is deep tissue massage? Deep tissue massage is a specialized massage technique often offered alongside other techniques such as Swedish massage, sports massage and trigger point therapy. This technique frees and relaxes muscles, fascia, and other connective tissues that lie beneath the more easily-treated superficial tissues.
How is the technique different from Swedish massage? Swedish massage (the technique most people are familiar with) uses light strokes intended to stimulate blood flow and relieve muscle tension close to the surface of the skin. Since deep tissue massage is aimed at tissues closer to the bones, it requires the use of more forceful strokes, even though many of the motion themselves are more or less the same.
What does deep tissue massage treat? Deep tissue massage focuses on problems such as adhesions, areas of scar tissue that are binding other tissues painfully and limiting motion. It also treats muscle knits too deep to be released through other methods. It is a useful tool for conditions such as fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, sports injuries, back pain, neck pain, sciatica and chronic muscle strain.
Is deep tissue massage painful? Some discomfort may occur as we work to free up adhesions or deep-seated muscle knots. But we can adjust the massage technique is you simply let us know you’re hurting. We may also instruct you to take deeper breaths as we work on more sensitive areas. It’s all more than worth it if we can banish long-term chronic pain and stiffness that has limited your life for some time.
What can I expect following my deep tissue massage? After your first deep tissue massage sessions, you may have some lingering soreness, which can easily be soothed with ice applications. You might also feel a bit light-headed, the result of toxins making their way out of your body. We recommend that you drink plenty of water to aid this process.
How does your chiropractic clinic prescribe deep tissue massage? Our Boca Raton chiropractor, Dr. DellaBella, often prescribes deep tissue massage in conjunction with other forms of conservative care such as spinal adjustment and extremity adjustment. This holistic approach allows us to address both alignment issues and soft tissue pain or damage as part of your personalized treatment program.