Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue is a massage therapy that concentrates on the deep tissue structures of the muscle and fascia. The massage practitioner targets areas of tension and pain using slow movements and deep pressure, designed to release chronic muscle tension or knots.  

Deep tissue massage differs from relaxation massage in that it focuses on specific problems such as muscle tension or spasm, chronic pain, limited mobility, osteoarthritis pain, fibromyalgia, repetitive strain injury, and sports injuries.

A deep tissue massage should not hurt, but the pressure can be uncomfortable.  The massage therapist may use fingers, knuckles, hands, elbows and forearms during treatment. It is important to drink plenty of water after a treatment, to help flush lactic acid and waste products out of the tissues. 

Deep tissue therapy is not recommended immediately after surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, for people with blood clots, or osteoporosis, or for those with bruises, unhealed wounds, tumors or areas of recent injury or fracture.  Pregnant women should look to treatment from massage therapists certified in pregnancy massage.

Deep tissue is a very effective treatment for relieving osteoarthritis pain and receives top ranking for treating fibromyalgia pain.  People often report increased range of motion immediately after a session. 

For more information on deep tissue massage, consult with a registered massage therapist.