Deep Tissue Massage – Goals and Treatments
The human body consists of muscle layer upon muscle layer. Deep tissue massage is a modern technique that focuses on treating deep tissues and tissue layers.
Purpose of Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage focuses on stimulating the deeper layers of connective tissue and muscle tissue. It aims to release chronic tension patterns in the body by gently tapping and deeply pressing with the finger on tight areas behind the muscle fibers and fascia. It is especially helpful in tight and compressed areas such as neck back pain and painful shoulders. Deep tissue massage is more than just firm massage. Unlike muscle relaxation proper alignment of fascial muscles and tendons provides many benefits such as increased joint mobility faster recovery from injury better posture and well-being.
Deep tissue massage is often used to treat:
- Endless pain
- Limited Walk
- Injury Recovery (e.g. whiplash, falls, and sports injuries)
- Recurrent Injury (carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Post Problems
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Muscle Strength or Spasm.
The principle of deep tissue massage
Deep tissue improves muscle function and range of motion breaks up red tissue and adhesions and reduces pain. It is believed that when muscles are tight they block oxygen and nutrients which causes inflammation in the muscle tissue. A deep muscle massage can help relax the muscle tissue to release muscle toxins and circulate blood and oxygen properly. Since many toxins are excreted it is recommended to drink plenty of water after an intense muscle session to help flush these toxins out of the body.