Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue and should not be confused with wanting a deep pressure massage. Deep tissue massage is especially designed for chronically tense and contracted areas.
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, which limits movement, and increases inflammation.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement thru slowly increasing pressure to reach the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue.
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.
Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem.
Recovery from injuries (e.g. sports injuries, falls, whiplash)
Repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Muscle tension or spasm
Who needs it?
Anyone with one or more of the above issues
People with stiff neck and shoulders
How often should you get it?
For those with any of the above issues or who have been referred to a deep tissue massage, it is recommended that you follow-up with massage every 2 weeks.
After your massage:
There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so!