Deep tissue massage is just that, a massage that just gets down and dirty and really gets in there to work those muscles. This is not your mama's rub your back massage that calmed you so you could get back to sleep after you had a nightmare as a child. Nope, this is a massage that actually hurts when you are getting it but then because of the greatly increased blood flow makes you feel so relaxed that you actually sleep like a baby when it is time for bed.
Deep tissue massage is used to treat sports injuries, alleviate chronic pain and tension, and break up those tough areas we like to call 'knots'. This form of massage can improve your condition greatly, especially when it is used in conjunction with other forms of therapy, like deep heat or ultrasound.
If you aren't getting it already, talk to your doctor to see if your condition will permit getting this type of massage. Your doctor may agree or not depending on the severity of your injury and how long your rehab is taking. If he feels it will help you along then he will approve it.
If he does approve it find someone who is licensed and has experience in giving this type of massage. This will be hard work for both of you and you want someone who is not going to wimp out on you. Your doctor may even have someone they can recommend to you. Do not be afraid to ask.
Let the massage therapist know that you are under the care of a physician and are starting this to work in tandem with your other therapies. Let them know what medications you are on and if you have any other underlying medical conditions.
If the therapist knows her job she will start with minimal pressure and work up to the actual deep pressure that is most beneficial. There is no need in jumping right off the deep end and making you not want to go back. Just like anything else, you need to find what works for you and she needs to be patient and guide you to that point.
Deep breathe and try not to tense up during your massage. Deep breathing will keep the oxygen flowing and help the muscles relax and heal. Do not do anything too strenuous after your massage, with the muscles in such a relaxed state, they could easily tear and cause more pain. So, relax and take care of yourself after your massage.
Deep pressure will help release toxins from the injured area and you should be sure to drink a lot of water and maybe soak in a hot bath to relieve any soreness you may experience afterward. Epsom salts are a good old-fashioned way to relieve pain also. Put about two cups in a bath full of warm water and soak for about 20 minutes.
Along with a good diet and some daily exercise, a good deep tissue massage can go a long way to reducing the effects of stress on your body.