Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage in Tucker GA | AICA TuckerDeep tissue massage is a type of treatment that focuses on the alignment of deep layers of muscle tissue. It is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as: leg muscle tightness, a stiff neck and upper back, sore shoulders, and low back pain.

Some of the techniques are the same as those found in conventional massage therapy, but the pressure is deeper and the movements are slower.

This deep pressure is concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the surrounding connective tissue (fascia).

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage typically focuses on a specific issue, such as chronic muscle pain, rehabilitation, and the following conditions:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. sports injury, falls, whiplash)
  • Postural problems
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Muscle tension or spasm
  • Muscle tension in the glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, hamstrings, and upper back
  • Lower back pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic pain

According to Consumer Reports magazine, more than 30,000 people ranked deep tissue massage as more effective at relieving osteoarthritis pain than: prescription medications, over-the- counter drugs, physical therapy, exercise, acupuncture, glucosamine supplements and diet.

Deep tissue massage also ranked highly as a treatment option for pain related to fibromyalgia. People often notice improved range of motion immediately after the massage.

How Does It Work?

With chronic muscle tension or injury, there may be bands of painful, stiff tissue (adhesions) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can cause pain, inflammation, limited movement, and disruption of circulation.

benefits of tucker deep tissue massage | AICA TuckerDeep tissue massage works by breaking up these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil to apply deep direct pressure. Muscles must be relaxed in order to gain the most benefit from this therapy.

Deep Tissue Massage Is Completely Pain Free

At certain points during the massage, some people find there is mild to moderate discomfort or pain.

It is important to let the massage therapist know if any pain or soreness you experience is too intense.

There is usually some stiffness or pain after this type of therapy, but it should lessen within a day or so. After the massage, the Chiropractor may suggest applying ice to the area.

What To Expect

Massage therapists may use elbows, knuckles, hands, forearms, and fingertips during the deep tissue massage. The pressure is typically firmer than a standard massage. The movements may be slower. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain areas of resistance.


  • Deep tissue massage (or any firm pressure) should be avoided if you are pregnant, but your doctor may recommend a massage therapist trained in pregnancy massage.
  • Deep tissue massage may not be safe for people who with blood clots (e.g. thrombophlebitis, deep vein thrombosis), due to the risk that they may become dislodged. If you have blood clots or are at risk of forming blood clots, it is critical that you consult your doctor.
  • If you’ve had surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or any other medical procedure recently, it’s suggested that you check with your doctor before beginning massage therapy.
  • Some people with osteoporosis should avoid the firmer pressure this type of massage offers. Massage should not be done directly over infected or inflamed skin, bruises, skin rashes, tumors, unhealed or open wounds, abdominal hernia, fragile bones, or areas of recent fractures.

Tips and After Care

  • A deep tissue massage may result in muscle soreness or tenderness, which may last a day or so.
  • Avoid vigorous activity after a massage.
  • Drinking water after the massage may help to flush out toxins that are released and properly re-hydrate muscles, which can help to reduce muscle aches and stiffness after a massage.
  • Stretching can help to prevent muscle pain and aches after a deep tissue massage.
  • Your massage therapist may recommend icing any painful areas.

AICA Tucker’s Chiropractors Are Here For You!

deep tissue massage for chronic pain relief | AICA TuckerThe Chiropractors at AICA Tucker treat hundreds of patients throughout the greater community for various conditions and ailments that require deep tissue massage.

By working with our team of experienced Chiropractors who are used to addressing various musculoskeletal injuries, you are able to receive treatment that is both effective and efficient.

Most of our new patients return as frequent visitors who receive chiropractic adjustments on a bi-weekly or monthly basis because of how great they continue to feel.

Our office offers FREE consultation meetings for all new patients and are available 24/7 to schedule an appointment.

You can connect with our team by filling out our online submission form or by calling us at 404-592-1186.

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