Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage


Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers and connective tissue. It is especially hopeful for chronically tense and contracted area, such as stiff neck, lower back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on area of tension and pain. 


When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limit movement and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of muscles.


Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic pain, limited mobility, recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, fall, sport injury), repetitive strain injury (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), postural problem, osteoarthritis pain, fibromyalgia, muscle tension or spasm. 


According to the August 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercises, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs. Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain. People often notice improve range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.