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About Doug Henley
Doug has been trained in Swedish, Sports, Trigger Point and Deep Tissue Massage. He has practiced massage for 30 years and has found that each patient is unique and therefore he treats his patients using methods that are specific to their needs. Over the past 15 years Doug has focused his practice on Deep Tissue massage as he believes it is the most effective method in removing the spasms that are causing pain or discomfort. Mr. Henley takes pride in the fact that he is careful to warm up the muscle tissue and fascia before working on the deeper layers that may be creating discomfort, so that the patient does not have any residual pain following the massage. Most all of Doug's clients feel a great sense of relief from the pain they have before his massage and feel relaxed and peaceful following his massage.
What is deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
How does deep tissue massage work?
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.
Will deep tissue massage hurt?
At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain. It is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range. There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage and/or an epsom salt bath.
What conditions is deep tissue massage used for?
Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:
· Chronic pain
· Limited mobility
· Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls,)
· Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
· Postural problems
· Muscle tension or spasm
According to the August 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, and over-the-counter drugs. Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain. Most people often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.
What can I expect during my visit?
Massage therapists may use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during the deep tissue massage. You may be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on certain tense areas.
It is important to drink plenty of water as you can after the massage to flush metabolic waste from the tissues.
Deep Tissue Massage is not recommended for certain people:
· infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
· immediately after surgery
· prone to blood clots. .
· massage should not be done directly over bruises.
tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.