910-742-9876
Joanne@SouthportMassageTherapy.com
LMBT State License #7859

Chronic Pain

The focus of deep tissue massage is on relieving painful trigger points. Trigger points can be in the belly of the muscle or someplace within its tissue. When a trigger point is released, the muscle is lengthened and can function to its fullest potential. A shortened muscle can do no work. An active trigger point can feel like a bruise when pressure is applied. Knowing how to release active trigger points without much discomfort is a required and appreciated skill.

 

Connective Tissue

Deep tissue bodywork can involve tendons, ligaments and fascia. Ligaments attach bone to bone, tendons attach muscle to bone, and fascia is the soft tissue that connects it all together. For example, when a muscle is very tight and cranky, usually the tendon and fascia are just as involved and require attention.

 

Deep tissue therapy can be uncomfortable

It should, however, never be over-the-top painful, or cause you to cry out. If that happens, inform the therapist. My clients on the table always have control over the amount of pressure being used. We work together as a team. If the pressure is too painful, your body will guard or recoil in response. It is far better to work at a slower pace and add more sessions to the healing process than to try and make something happen when your body is not ready for it.   The “hurt so good” is a level of pressure that most of my clients and I like to work at. This level of pressure is not for everyone! If the pressure is too much, never be intimidated to let me know that I need to adjust the pressure and work at a level comfortable for you.

 

Modalities

With training and experience in multiple therapy methods, I have produced excellent results in increasing range of motion, decreasing pain, releasing knotted trigger points, fibrotic adhesions, and making the body feel good! I am most proficient in the following modalities:

 

Neuromuscular Techniques  

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)

Myofascial Release

Passive Range of Motion (PROM)

Trigger Point – Taut Band Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy

 

Most of my deep tissue clients see me every other week by choice. Some see me every three weeks or once a month for what we call “wellness tune-ups”. Your body will let you know when it’s time for a session! My specialties in deep tissue bodywork are: releasing soft tissues of the shoulder girdle, neck, occipital area and lower back. Sometimes where the pain is may not be the origin of the problem. Referral pain can be more painful than the problem and needs to be validated as well. Deep tissue work is never appropriate for clients who have, have previously had, or are recovering from cancer or any other serious illness. Please refer to the oncology icon of this website for more important information about oncology massage. Massage therapy does not diagnose, treat, or give medical advice. This practice does not hesitate to refer to other healthcare professionals should a situation be out of the scope of practice for massage therapy. In such cases you will be referred to your healthcare provider. READY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT? CONTACT US contact-arrow

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