Deep tissue massage physiotherapyBy Nigel Chua
DO YOU FIND YOURSELF CONSTANTLY TIRED, ACHING AND HURTING ALL OVER?
It's a common experience, and we've had multiple patients telling us that:
- they've had an ache for months
- their body is painful and tired for an amount of time.
And yet, they don't realize that pain isn't something to be tolerated. Particularly if aches and pains have been consistent for days or weeks, they should be attended to as soon as possible.
- Have you been experiencing bodily pain, tiredness and ache without a clear reason?
- Or do you find yourself getting injured more easily, even if you don't really participate in sports and activities?
Don't be surprised if you find out that it's your own muscles that are causing all of your aches, pains and fatigues. But they're the same muscles that will also improve your movement and performance, when well taken care of.
For your muscles to function optimally, your muscles need to be:
- relaxed (as opposed to tight/spasmic)
- well rested (as opposed to tired)
- optimal length (as opposed to tight and shortened).
If they're not at optimal length, and rested, they have to work a lot harder to get the same level of movement or performance (think of running when you're not feeling well, versus when you're well rested).
SUB-OPTIMAL MUSCLES =
Sub-optimal muscles are muscles that are:
- tired (not enough rest, overworked, overcompensating, unrested)
- shortened due to poor postural habits and positions (e.g. sitting for long periods repetitively).
Muscle tightness happens to many people:
- Office workers often have lots of muscle tightness in their neck, shoulder and upper back. It's sometimes so bad that they may develop tension headaches caused by referred pain from trigger points.
- People who move about often usually develop lots of pain in their heels, feet and ankles - caused by the tightening of muscles and fascia from prolonged standing and walking.
- People who travel/fly a lot will often develop generalized muscle tightness and aches from travel-related issues (handling luggage, sleeping in unfamiliar beds, jet lag, etc).
To summarize, this muscle tightness will cause you to make more effort, just to get the same amount of results or outcomes. For example, a 30 minute task may take you an hour simply because you need to
- try to focus more
- rest more
- make more corrections, because you make more mistakes.
Same task, but more time and effort required.
One can see how this can snowball quickly.
REGULAR DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE FOR HEALTHIER AND PRODUCTIVE MUSCLES
Your body, muscles and joints will thank you for attending regular deep tissue release physiotherapy massage sessions with us. Not only will we be able to loosen the tight knots in the muscles, but we will also help to prevent them from returning so fast.
Most patients don't know the difference between clinical deep tissue/sports massage, versus regular massage.
Clinical Deep Tissue/Sports Massage has two special elements:
- Clinical means that it's based on clinical and medical research, knowledge and applications.
- Deep tissue means that it's a massage (hands-on) technique that manages our soft tissues at different layers.
You see, our muscles aren't "just muscles" - they're layers of muscles upon muscles. Contained within and underneath and alongside these muscles are:
- arteries and veins
- tendons and tendon-muscle joints.
We prefer a clinical approach to deep tissue management.
CLINICAL SPORTS MASSAGE HELPS WITH:
- Increasing circulation and blood flow to tired muscles, rejuvenating them and accelerating soft tissue recovery.
- Breaking down the tight myofascial knots in our muscles, with deep focal pressure combined with stretching.
- Bringing circulation and blood back to the heart, lungs and your lymphatic system, which helps with waste management and replenishing oxygen stores.
- Most importantly, preventing micro-tears, ruptures and strains (tight and tired muscles are more at risk of injury because they're shortened and tight).