To be clear, converse to what people fear, deep tissue massaging and aggressive massaging are not at all on the same page. The former is used as a means to nurse injuries, while the latter makes matter worse. Considering the majority cases, it is justifiable to claim that deep tissue massage method is indeed a safe mechanism.
But of course, there are certain restraints to this claim. This procedure, that involves steady but forceful targeting of the deeper muscle layers, ligaments and tissues, and has the most ideal results when implemented on people with critical muscle damage or complications, for fast recovery, but only when done by a certified massage therapist.
In the world of massage therapy, adverse side effects are almost non-existant, while minor side effects may be comparatively common, but negligible in nature in most cases. While the symptoms may range from slight aches to soreness, deep tissue massaging is wrongly ill-famed for causing injuries, stressing the nervous system, or making already existing injuries worse, instead of healing them.
Firstly, the fault, to some extent lies within the client. It is the clients’ sole responsibility to choose a proper therapist. If the person chosen isn’t a professional, or a certified massage therapist, who is at fault here?
Secondly, there are certain simple precautions to be taken before a session, such as drinking plenty of fluids, or warm up. This helps to loosen and prepare the body framework by both lubricating and relieving the tissues respectively. Moreover, the pre-massage health conditions also set certain limitations to the massage experience. For example, a person with kidney, skeletal, liver or heart problems should never be subject to such massage techniques.
Finally, clients should never expect to get rid of a long list of problems acquired over a long time, overnight. Deep tissue massaging is an extremely efficient procedure, but takes patience. Forcing or pushing the therapist to over-do it just because he or she is impatient about quicker results only makes matters worse.
Failure in complying with any one or all of the above factors generally result in a poor quality of massage, leaving the client with complications such as bruises, minor pain, blood clots and nerve damage instead of getting relief from the previous injury.So to be fair, yes, deep tissue massage is completely safe for injury, and can be very effective, if the people are aware of how to handle and get the most out of it. It is not the massage technique that is unsafe, but the ignorance of the people that is.