While many massage techniques induce relaxation with soothing and gentle touch, a Deep Tissue Massage involves more intense muscle manipulation, but offers proven healing that can restore mobility and relieve chronic aches and pain.
Unlike most traditional Swedish Massage therapies, which promotes whole-body relaxation, Deep Tissue Massage is performed systemically as well as to target specific trouble spots after an accident or injury that has left the client stiff and sore. Repetitive-strain injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome, benefits from Deep Tissue Massage Therapy as well as those suffering from conditions like plantar fasciitis, osteoarthritis and tendinitis which can cause achiness , inflammation and limited ease of movement. Chronic pain, muscle spasms and tenderness during recovery after an accident can all be effectively treated with therapeutic deep tissue massage.
Before a deep tissue massage, a trained and certified massage therapist will discuss the client’s accident, injury or complaints of generalized stiffness, gaining an understanding of how the pain or injury is impacting the client’s daily life and what he or she is hoping to gain from the massage therapy. The massage itself will be customized to the specific needs of the client, focusing on the stiff, sore and achy areas that are of the most concern.
Deep tissue massage works by breaking down muscle adhesions that often build up after an accident or are the result of a chronic illness. By applying intense, controlled pressure and friction to an afflicted area across the grain of the muscle, deep tissue massage relaxes rigid tissue and relieves the pain associated with stiff muscles, ligaments and tendons. Deep tissue massage may cause some discomfort and therapists encourage their clients to keep them informed about their comfort level and pain tolerance during deep tissue therapy. Therapists may encourage their clients to apply ice to tender spots following a deep tissue massage. Some soreness the day after a deep tissue massage can be expected, though the discomfort should pass in a day.