Deep Tissue Massage
What is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage is a massage therapy modality that utilizes a variety of moderate to deep pressure techniques to release tension, adhesions, knots, and trigger points within the deep layers of muscle, fascia, tendons, and other soft tissue structures. Deep tissue massage can help to realign these soft tissue structures and is especially helpful in treating chronic aches and pains such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. Deep tissue massage techniques typically utilize slow, deep massage strokes with hands, knuckles, forearms, and elbows.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage can be beneficial in treating a number of conditions, including:
- Chronic pain
- Low back pain
- Limited mobility
- Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
- Repetitive work or strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Postural problems
- Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
- Ostearthritis pain
- Piriformis syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Muscle tension or spasm
- Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (also known as DOMS, which can occur after strenuous exercise or weight lifting)
According to Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs. Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for fibromyalgia pain. People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.