What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on
realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially
helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low
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 areas of
tension and pain.
How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?
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, limited 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 the
Will Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?
At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually
some discomfort and pain. It is important to tell the massage therapist when
things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort
range. There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but
it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend
applying ice to the area after the massage.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue
massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:
Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls,
Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel
Muscle tension or spasm