Deep Tissue Massage is specific massage manipulation of the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue.

Deep tissue manipulation therapy uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure is more intense. It is also a more focused type of massage, as I work to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as "adhesions.")

There can be some times stiffness or soreness after a deep tissue manipulation, but it should subside within a day or two. Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue manipulation usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:

  • Chronic pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury) deep tissue injury
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Postural problems
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm

Main benefits of Deep Tissue MassageWhen there is chronic muscle tension or deep tissue injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Adhesions can block circulation and press on the nerves, causing pain (back ache, muscle spasms), limited movement and inflammation.  A deep-tissue massage helps loosen muscle tissues by physically breaking down these adhesions, releasing toxins from muscles and getting blood, nutrients and oxygen circulating properly.

It is both corrective and therapeutic.

 

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