Deep tissue massage is utilized for therapy and rehabilitation, not relaxation. The deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension by focusing on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). When tension, or sustained injury to these areas continue, adhesions can form causing a band of rigid inflexible tissues commonly known as “knots”. In order for the therapist to release the adhesions they use strokes and movements that are slower, and the pressure is deeper and concentrates on the areas of tension and pain. Because of this, there will be some discomfort but it allows the therapist to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia. This will increase the circulation to the affected area and will potentially speed up healing time.
Who will benefit from Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains, contracted areas such as:
- stiff neck,
- shoulders and upper back,
- low back pain,
- hip and
- leg muscle tightness.
Anyone who suffers from chronic pain or injuries due to stressful jobs and careers or being an athlete can benefit from deep tissue massage.
The following conditions are successfully treated using deep tissue massage:
- chronic pain relief
- increased mobility and range of motion
- reduced injury recovery time
- reduced muscle tension and muscle pain
- tennis elbow reduced osteoarthritis pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- sciatica treatment
How fast will I get results with a Deep Tissue Massage?
Although you may have significant improvement after just one treatment, it’s important to be realistic about what deep tissue massage can achieve. In fact, releasing built up chronic knots and tension is best achieved with an integrated program that includes exercise, work on your posture, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage that includes deep tissue massage. Always seek a Registered Massage Therapist with experience when choosing the deep tissue massage therapy option.