Deep Tissue Massage Q & A

When it comes to feeling good, who doesn’t love a massage? Used as a healing tool, however, deep tissue massage also delivers impactful and often instant relief from muscle pain and stiffness. Dr. Dennis Miller offers deep tissue massages at his chiropractic practice, Dennis Miller DC, in Austin, Texas. To explore how deep tissue massages can benefit you, call or book an appointment online.

What is deep tissue massage?

A deep tissue massage is more than just a feel-good spa service. This type of massage targets the muscles beneath the first layer of your tissue to release tension and promote healing.

Why do I need a deep tissue massage?

Your musculoskeletal system is an incredibly complex structure made up of:

  • Bones
  • Tissue
  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments

Your bones supply the underlying foundation of this structure, and are connected and supported by a network of soft tissue components (tendons, muscle, and ligaments). For your body to function properly, each of these components needs to be working at its peak for maximum flexibility and mobility. When one of the parts is compromised, it can have a cascading effect throughout your entire musculoskeletal system, causing discomfort and limited function.

For example, if you’ve been injured or have a painful condition, the soft tissue in that area may be inflamed, which blocks the flow of critical resources, such as blood and nutrients. As a result, you may be favoring the injury by not using it as much, causing your muscles to contract, often leading to painful spasms.

A deep tissue massage works to release the tension and blockages so that your body can set to work delivering beneficial healing properties, such as blood, nutrients, and lymphs, to the affected region. A deep tissue massage, in effect, works with your body to speed up healing and recovery.

What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?

A deep tissue massage provides an array of health benefits, such as:

  • Stress relief
  • Pain relief
  • Lowered heart rate and blood pressure
  • Increased range of motion
  • Faster healing

In fact, there’s virtually no downside to this noninvasive treatment.

What conditions does deep tissue massage treat?

Dr. Miller uses deep tissue massage as both a primary and conjunctive treatment for a number of conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Acute injury, such as sprains or strains
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Back pain

At Dennis Miller, DC, Dr. Miller often uses deep tissue massage in combination with other treatments, such as spinal adjustments, because these massages promote faster healing, as well as immediate symptom relief.

If you want relief from muscle pain or stiffness, call Dennis Miller, DC, to find out about deep tissue massage. Or, book an appointment online.