Swedish Massage vs. Deep Tissue Massage: What’s Best for My Personal Injury?

Swedish Massage vs. Deep Tissue Massage: What’s Best for My Personal Injury?

When clients book an appointment with our chiropractics in El Segundo, they usually inquire about the differences between Swedish and deep tissue massages. Both are popular treatments that incorporate various techniques to loosen tight muscles and stimulate comfort and relaxation. While a massage therapist will make the best recommendation to treat your injury, we break down each massage below.

Swedish massages incorporate various techniques to knead, press, and release the pain you’re experiencing. Unlike a deep tissue massage, you can expect light-to-firm pressure during treatment. A massage therapist might recommend this for clients with long-term personal injuries without chronic pain to loosen tight muscles, increase blood flow, and improve circulation.

A skilled masseuse would incorporate one or all the following strokes:

  • Effleurage – gentle strokes across the skin – allowing us to assess the damage
  • Petrissage – kneading or squeezing the area to reduce tension
  • Friction – short, fast strokes to create heat and boost circulation
  • Tapotement – similar to a “karate chop;” calms the muscles
  • Vibration – a technique that involves quick, rapid movement

A Swedish massage is an excellent choice for anyone seeking natural pain relief for persistent neck, shoulder, and back pain. The strokes of this massage alone can take away emotional and physical pain instantly!

Deep tissue massages offer clients more pressurized, deep strokes. You might find that both a Swedish and deep tissue massage approach is similar, but this method has more force.

After a car accident, you might notice a range of musculoskeletal injuries. This massage is best recommended for those with pinched spinal nerves or whiplash. If advised, your therapist would use their elbows, fists, or fingers to get to the root of damaged tissue for pesky knots and muscle strains. However, we require a full consultation and proper diagnosis before applying any intense pressure to your injury.

If you’re interested in booking a Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, or hope to learn more about the treatments we offer at Premiere Chiro, give us a call! We provide thorough consultations, immediate appointments and will tailor each visit to address your needs.