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What is a Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage therapy concentrates on realigning the deeper layers in your muscles and connective tissue. Sore shoulders, tightness in the lower back, stiff necks and other such contracted and chronically tense areas can be effectively treated through this massage therapy.

A few of the strokes are common to both conventional massage therapy and deep tissue massage. But in case of the latter, the masseuse creates deeper pressure on the problem zones and uses slower movements.

Working Methodology

Bands of rigid and painful tissues in the ligaments, tendons and muscles (adhesions) lead to chronic injury or muscle tension. These adhesions result in inflammation, limited mobility, pain and blocked circulation.

Deep tissue massage breaks down these adhesions physically, restores your normal mobility and relieves pain. The masseuse applies deep and direct pressure on the affected areas across the muscle grain. The friction eliminates the pain and relaxes the adhesions.

Deep Tissue Massage Benefits

This type of massage is different from conventional massage therapies as it concentrates on specific problems like muscle spasm or muscle tension, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis pain, postural problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress injuries, recovery from sports injuries or falls or whiplash injuries, limited mobility and chronic pain.

Many patients believe that compared to OTC drugs, glucosamine, diet, acupuncture, chiropractic, prescription medications, exercise and physical therapy, a deep tissue massage therapy is way more effective at relieving the pain associated with osteoarthritis.

This massage technique is also extremely effective for relieving fibromyalgia pain and patients receiving this treatment observe a marked improvement in their range of motion instantaneously.

Does a Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

Most people undergoing deep tissue massage experience a little bit of pain and discomfort or soreness. The pain or stiffness vanishes within a couple of days after the massage treatment. However, if you experience pain or soreness outside your tolerance levels, inform your massage therapist immediately.

Safety Precautions

People with certain medical conditions should abstain from a massage like this. If you are pregnant, ask your physician if a massage like this is okay for you. Your masseuse should be certified to perform a pregnancy massage. Do not directly expose recent fracture areas, abdominal hernia, tumours, unhealed wounds, inflamed skin and bruises to a massage.

If you suffer from open wounds, rashes, infectious skin diseases, heart ailments or blood clotting disorders or osteoporosis or are recovering from a surgery, stay away from this massage therapy or check with your doctor. If you have received radiation therapy or chemotherapy recently, you should avoid a massage unless your physician recommends it.


Stay away from heavy meals prior to undergoing a deep tissue massage. Arrive earlier than your scheduled time so that you get at least five minutes of relaxation and rest before going in for the massage. Allow yourself sufficient time to fill up all the forms at the spa or clinic. Follow up your massage by drinking tons of water to get rid of metabolic wastes.

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