Deep Tissue Massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach the deeper layers of muscle beneath the skin. It’s used for strong aches and pains, and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
Deep Tissue Massage isn’t the same as having a regular massage with deep pressure. It’s used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle “knots” that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.
At the beginning of the massage, lighter pressure is generally applied to warm up and prep the muscles. Specific techniques are then applied. The most common techniques include:
- Deep, gliding pressure along the length of the muscle fibers using the elbow, forearm, knuckles, and thumbs
- Pressure applied across the grain of a muscle to release adhesions and realign tissue fibers
The benefits of deep tissue massage can include:
- Easing of lower back pain
- Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids and upper back
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Sports pain and soreness (runners, athletes)
- Tennis elbow
- Upper back or neck pain
- Deep tissue massage can also greatly improve ones range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage
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