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Why Go for Deep Tissue Massage for Lower Back Pain ?

Have you ever tried deep tissue massage for lower back pain? If you are a desk worker, I’m sure you must have faced lower back pain at some point in your life. Deep tissue massage is considered to be the best type of massage for lower back pain.

»» What is the cause of lower back pain ?

Lower back pain is mainly due to incorrect postures. The fast work life has led us sticking to our screens the whole time. That keeps you stuck to your chair for at least 6 hours a day and more than an hour at a stretch. On top of that, you slouch at your screen or sit way too stiffly on the chair. This causes stiffness and pain in your lower back.

Not only are your muscles strained, you’ve probably formed knots there too, which leads to pain. Massage therapy is not only relaxing, but one of the best ways to heal back pain. Given that there are many types of massage therapies to go for, why would I tell you to go for deep tissue massage?

For that, you first need to understand: what is a deep tissue massage? As the name suggests, it is a massage therapy that involves application of pressure on the deep inner layers of your muscles and tissues. It is generally meant to focus on one area at a time, like your upper back or lower back.


»» How does Deep Tissue Massage for Lower Back Pain Work ?


When you go to a masseuse to cure pain in you lower back, deep tissue massage is performed in the following manner:

  • Some massage oil or lotion is applied on your lower back. This makes the texture of the skin smoother, making it easier for her to work upon you.
  • The therapist will first rub her fingertips on your lower back. This soothes strained muscles and also helps her understand the exact points that have to be worked upon. Mind you, this isn’t the actual massage! You are simply getting prepared for what’s coming up next.
  • The rubbing gradually gets stronger. You will observe that she will start from the tailbone or hip bone and move upwards. This is because blood too flows in the upward direction. So, the rubbing is giving you relief because it is boosting the flow of fresh blood into your muscles.
  • Now she will fold her palm into a fist and use her knuckles or thumb to press only on the focus areas. If the knot is severe, she might even use her elbows. You might be asked to breathe deeply when she does that because it doesn’t feel very comfortable. This is because your knots are being broken and the muscles are stretching. However, it shouldn’t pain too much.
  • Upon completion of the entire process, you will be given a glass of water to drink. If you feel like going to the loo soon after, understand that your session was successful. This is because the breaking of knots has released toxins in the body that were trapped within your muscles earlier. Water will help you flush out those toxins from the body.
  • If you are in a professional spa, you can be sent for a warm bath too. This will deepen your relaxation and also enhance hydration and detoxification.
  • Grab something light and healthy to eat as you might feel hungry. You will feel tired or sleepy since your muscles have been worked upon, but your body needs energy before you doze off.

Now make sure you’ve gone to a qualified professional. Since you can clearly understand how deep tissue massage works, you can also see that lack of knowledge can break your tissues or blood clots. Instead of giving relief you could be injured, if the massage isn’t done properly. Also, it will be better if you’re aware on how to prepare for a deep tissue massage and what to do after a deep tissue massage.

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»» How to Massage Lower Back by Yourself ?


Now you might not have the time or money to take appointments at the spa all the time. Let’s face it. Deep tissue massage isn’t something that cures lower back pain in 1 go. You’ll need multiple sessions at regular intervals, supported by a healthy diet, exercising and daily care.

To solve the problem, you’ll get several self-massage tools and devices in the market. You can choose from a variety of handheld massage devices, massage cushions, massage belts, massage chairs and non-electrical massage tools. My favorite is the TheraFlow Handheld Deep Tissue Percussion Massager.

Now that you have the therapy for back pain, you need to know how extra care can be taken. After all, massage doesn’t work by magic! You’re bound to get a good night’s sleep the day you get a massage. However, if your mattress is of a good quality, you will enhance the effects of massage therapy.

»» Best Mattresses for Lower Back Pain


Lower back pain isn’t a small problem that goes with only one session of massage. Let’s be practical. Healing takes time. You can’t get a deep tissue massage every day! So, in order to take care of yourself, you make sure your postures are always correct; you exercise a bit and sleep on the right kind of mattress.

When massage therapy is complemented with the above said your lower back heals faster. Let’s check out what kind of mattress can you sleep on.


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Forget about your sleepless nights with this genius! This 10” memory foam mattress infused with gel will not only give you a sound sleep but will also ensure you wake up without any back or neck pain.

Why I like this mattress so much is because of the multi-purpose usage. Memory foam is known for its ability of conforming to your body shape. It does not deform. A cool layer of gel will absorb all your excess body heat, making you feel cooler.

Total Thickness: 10”

Structure (from bottom to top):

  • 5” base-layer
  • 1” poly gel-supportive foam layer
  • 2” breathable gel memory foam
  • 1” poly gel-supportive foam layer

Sizes Available: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King


»»  12 inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress 


The brand “Sweetnight” has indeed lived up to its name so far. The reason why I recommended this one is because this product alone has satisfied 10,000 customers! Problems like back pain, excessive sweating and restless movements due to discomfort will start vanishing from the very first night you sleep on it.

Total Thickness: 12”

Structure (from bottom to top):

  • 5” supportive high density foam
  • 5” air-flow comfort foam
  • 3” gel memory foam

Sizes Available: Queen, King


»»  Sleep 10 inch Quilted Foam Firm Mattress

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Sink into the layers of comfort on this super soft bed. While the base is firm enough to maintain shape, the top part provides a plush and refreshing feel. It is made of latex foam, having better responsiveness over memory foam. If you’re facing severe back pain, this mattress will provide relief to your pressure points to give you an ultimate deep sleep at night.

Total Thickness: 10”

Structure (from bottom to top):

  • 6” high density base foam
  • 2” Active Response FoamTM
  • 2” super soft foam and fiber

Sizes Available: Twin XL


»» LUCID 12 Inch Twin XL Hybrid Mattress


Have you slept on a mattress that not only relieves you of back pain but also eliminates odour from the room? If not, check out this one! Infused with bamboo charcoal and Aloe Vera, this mattress will provide your back with the right support, regulate sweat and kill bad smell. To top it all, you’re getting it with a warranty of 10 years!

Total Thickness: 10”, 12”

Structure (from bottom to top):

  • 5” edge support with individually encased steel coils
  • 2” support foam
  • 5” Aloe Vera and bamboo charcoal infused memory foam

Sizes Available: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King


»» How to Cure Back Pain Fast at Home ?


As time has become shorter, most people have been looking for remedies that can be practiced from home. Even though health should come first, back pain has become so common that no body finds it necessary to consult a professional for the same.

Still, how long can you actually sit on a chair with a broken back? Muscles are like elastic- they need to stretch. Lack of exercise and incorrect postures make them tight with knots.

There are two things to consider when you are treating back pain:

              1.Healing muscles through regular massage therapy

              2.Taking care afterwards to avoid further problems

You know by now how massage therapy heals the back. The stronger the massage, the more accurate is the treatment. However, one session of deep tissue massage at the spa isn’t enough. Till you’re going through a busy life, you need massage therapy. This isn’t just for treatment, but for taking care afterwards also.

This is how regular you have to be with your deep tissue massage:

          If you’re an athlete or bodybuilder:  Once or twice a week

         If you’re a desk worker:  Once in 1-2 weeks

         If you simply need to relax & maintain:  1-2 times a month

Severe back pain will usually demand deep tissue massage once a week, though I recommend you to ask your doctor in order to confirm.

However, is it practically feasible to go to the spa every weekend? Even if you’re rich enough, wouldn’t you prefer some convenience here?

Following are the types of massage devices you can use by yourself at home:

               Handheld electrical devices

              Handheld non electrical tools

               Massage cushions

               Massage belts

              Massage seats

              Massage chairs

              Massage mats

If you have the space & money, there’s nothing like a massage chair. You would love to have something like the Medical Breakthrough 6 v4 Recliner 3D Massage Chair installed in your living room.

If you need something immediately, you can consider buying a cushion too. Being portable, you can carry it to your office and just place it on your chair at work if your back starts aching.

If you don’t like the electrical ones, consider a non-electrical tool like the Planet Fitness Muscle Massager Foam Roller for Deep Tissue Massage. If you plan to use it with some exercising, it’s a great idea!

Following these little tips with massage therapy will be great:

             Exercise regularly.

             Ensure you are sitting on an ergonomic chair.

             Maintain proper posture at work.

             Keep getting up from your chair from time to time.

             Ensure you take little walks every day.

              Sleep on a comfortable mattress for at least 6-7 hours.


Let me tell you a secret I stretch myself while I’m on my chair at work when nobody’s looking! Trust me, that helps a lot. That’s exactly what your back requires but due to work pressure, we become stiff. In fact, there are little exercises that you can do sitting on your chair!

When you sit, your feet should be flat on the ground, the thighs and legs should be almost at 90°. Use the armrest to rest your elbows and your back should be in contact with the backrest. Your chair is designed according to your spine (if you have a proper, modern ergonomic chair).

These little things are important when you’re taking any kind of treatment. What is the point of taking regular massage therapy if you spoil it again with your stiff and crooked postures?

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»» Frequently Asked Questions


1. Are massages good for lower back pain?

A. Yes, massages are a standard treatment for back pain. A good doctor will recommend you to go for it before you go for any heavy drugs and medicines. If done correctly and at regular intervals, massage can really heal back pain by stretching strained muscles and breaking tight knots.


2. Is deep tissue massage good for back pain?

A. Yes, deep tissue massage is meant for back pain. A regular massage gives relaxation but deep tissue massage will make you more flexible and healthy. It is strong enough to break knots, scar tissues and adhesion.


3. What is the best type of massage for lower back pain?

A. I will definitely say that deep tissue massage is the best type of massage for lower back pain. A sensitive region as lower back needs expertise for healing. When you sit for long hours, mostly knots will form on the muscles around your spine and tailbone.


4. Is deep tissue massage good for herniated disc?

A. Since deep tissue massage dives into the inner layers of the body, it is a good option for herniated disc. Only, you need to make sure that the therapist is qualified. If you go for self-massage, make sure the device you use is under the guidance of your doctor.


5. Is massage good for herniated disc in lower back?

A. Since herniated disc causes pain, massage is good for treating it. The first session can give some pain relief, but to cure it altogether, you will require multiple sessions at regular intervals.

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About Kristy

I am Kristy Miller.Blogging is my passion.My long interest and experience with body massage encouraged me to become a health blogger.I want to talk to everyone about the importance of regular massage and self massage. I love to read, write, talk and watch everything about massage, wellness and relaxation.

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