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What's The Deal With Deep Tissue Massage?

Updated: Sep 28, 2018


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What is Deep Tissue Massage?


Deep tissue massage is a sustained, intense, deep pressure applied on a specific area of the superficial, intermediate or deep structures of the musculoskeletal system. It is designed to address deeper restrictions or #adhesions formed in the muscles and fascia from chronic conditions and injury. It is a very specific and focused treatment, usually only being applied to one area of the body in a session.

Some of the techniques used in a deep tissue massage are cross-fiber frictions, #myofascial trigger point therapy, connective tissue massage or cutting, #golgi tendon organ release, #fascial techniques, #myofascial release and #counterstrain technique. These techniques help to release the deep #adhesions and restrictions in muscle and tendon that are causing pain or preventing movement.


Why should I get a deep tissue massage?


If you suffer from one of the following symptoms or conditions you may benefit from a deep tissue massage:

· Chronic Pain such as scar tissue, #contusions

· Limited #rangeofmotion

· Injuries such as #whiplash, #falls, #sports #injuries etc

· Repetitive strain such as tendinitis, #plantarfasciitis, #triggerpoints, #thoracicoutlet etc

· #Postural issues or dysfunctions

· #Osteoarthritis

· #Muscletension or #spasm


Is Deep Tissue Massage Painful?


Deep tissue massage can cause some initial pain as well as post-treatment discomfort as the tissues are being manipulated to the point of triggering pain. This is an important part of the process and should not turn anyone away from receiving it if this type of technique is indicated. All treatments performed by a registered massage therapist are kept within the client’s pain tolerance; however, some amount of pain should be expected. Post-treatment pain can be felt after a treatment as the body begins to move the toxins out of the tissues and usually only lasts for a day or so.


How can I decrease the pain from a deep tissue massage?

It is best to use ice after a deep tissue massage to decrease the acute inflammation caused by the irritation to the tissues. Also, increasing your water intake is important to flush the tissue and assist with toxin removal.

Is Deep Tissue Massage the same as “Deep Pressure” Massage?


Deep tissue massage is not to be confused with “deep pressure” massage. “Deep pressure” massage is where a sustained, strong pressure is applied throughout a full body massage sequence. Applying deep tissue massage in a full body sequence is contraindicated as this type of technique over the entire body would cause injury and trauma to the tissues causing the treatment to be harmful instead of helpful. It would also be too intense and near impossible for the therapist to perform.

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