Deep tissue massage is one of the more common massage therapies, and it concentrates on realigning the deeper muscle layers. It is used to treat chronic pain and stiff muscles involving the back, shoulder, neck or limbs. Many of the strokes used in deep tissue massage are similar to those used in other massage therapies, but they tend to be slower. The therapist will also press more deeply.
How Does It Work?
Chronic muscle tension or pain can cause the development of bands of stiff and painful tissue called adhesions. They can occur in muscles, tendons or ligaments, and they can cause pain and inflammation, disrupt circulation and restrict movement.
Deep tissue massage restores normal functioning and relieves pain by breaking down the adhesions. The practitioner uses deep pressure to first relax the surface muscles and then work on the deeper tissues. During the massage, the practitioner might use their hands, forearms, knuckles, fingertips and elbows. Their strokes will be slower and they will press more deeply. The practitioner may ask the client to breathe more deeply while they work on certain tight spots.
What Are the Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is often used to treat specific problems, like chronic pain in a given muscle. It can also be used in physical therapy and rehabilitation. Deep tissue massage can also be used to treat the following conditions:
• Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
• Posture problems
• Piriformis syndrome
• Tennis elbow
• Muscle spasms
• Pain caused by osteoarthritis
Does It Hurt?
Deep tissue massage may cause some discomfort. Many people do feel stiff or sore after a deep tissue massage, but the effects wear off after a day or so. Some people have compared the soreness to that of an intense workout. A deep tissue massage can also make some people feel sleepy afterwards. The ultimate result of a deep tissue massage is worth any soreness or discomfort you may experience.
Take One Step Closer to the Benefits Today
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