What Is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning the deep layers of your muscles and connective tissues to reduce pain and increase mobility. It is great for people who have injuries associated with lower back pain, sore shoulders and stiff necks. Deep tissue massage is also used as an effective treatment of chronic pain.
Is Deep Tissue Massage Painful?
Clients do experience some pain and discomfort. It is part of the treatment and is necessary for progress. Having said that, most people find the resulting pain relief well worth any discomfort they may have during the massage.
How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?
Chronic muscle pain, tension and restricted movement are usually caused by bands of ridged tissue. These bands are called adhesions and can be extremely painful. Deep tissue massage is focused right at these bands to break down the adhesions to relieve pain and allow for more movement.
According to Consumer Reports Magazine, 34 000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.