Deep tissue massages can cause some discomfort or slight pain in areas that are problematic. This is normal with this type of massage therapy and many customers describe it as a “good hurt” because it is uncomfortable but feels good at the same time. However, deep tissue massage should not be painful. There is a common misconception that the more painful the massage, the more effective it is; however, research has proven this to be untrue.
Deep tissue massage is any technique intended to affect the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. This does not necessarily mean applying deep pressure, as even light touch techniques can be used to affect those deep layers. The most important aspect of massage is communication. You should let your massage therapist know what results you are looking for from the massage and speak up if you feel that the pressure is too deep or too light.
We can give a deep Swedish massage and a light deep tissue massage, or any combination of them - it's all about what you want. People may experience some discomfort during a deep tissue massage, especially if the therapist focuses on problem areas. If the massage becomes too painful, they should let their massage therapist know. Deep tissue massage focuses on deep areas of the muscles, while other massage techniques may focus on superficial regions of the body.
It is important to ensure good communication between yourself, your massage therapist, and your healthcare team to ensure that all treatments are aligned. You can also maintain communication during the deep tissue massage and contact your therapist if the pain is too much for you. There are many types of back massagers intended to relieve areas such as the shoulders or lower back. Another thing you can do during the massage during times of discomfort is to do your best to relax during the massage.
Applying a muscle balm or CBD lotion can also help relieve even the deepest muscle tension. If you have neck pain after a massage, for example, it may be a sign that you have a lot of tension in that area. A person should check with a healthcare provider to make sure it's safe to receive a deep tissue massage. It is important to keep your muscles calm and relaxed throughout the deep tissue massage.
So, for many TMD therapists, the answer to why deep tissue massages hurt is quite simple and straightforward. This is due to the amount of pressure applied to the muscles of the affected body part to separate scar tissue, so some people may feel pain and soreness afterwards. It's important that your massage therapist knows exactly what's bothering you, how long you've had pain, and if you're taking pain medication.