[ad#co-1]Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue.
It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, if the massage is done correctly you should feel better than ever within a day or two.
The massage therapist relieves tension in the muscles by using a combination of techniques. Deep tissues massage therapy uses two separate techniques. These techniques include, kneading and working with different types of pressure to remove tension knots. Pressure is applied against the grain of the muscle and helps to relax stiff muscles. This process also releases toxins within the body.
One of the defining differences between deep tissue and regular massage is the use of tools. A standard massage usually only involves the hands and lower arms of the therapist. During a deep tissue, however, the therapist will use elbows and fingers for deep, penetrating work in the muscle. In addition, penetrating tools such as ceramic, glass, or wooden props may be used as well. A deep tissue massage also tends to be very slow, and the massage therapist will use long, flowing strokes to ease in and out of the muscle.
Compared to other types of massage, deep tissue massage is fairly vigorous. Specifically the massage therapist applies deep pressure using his fingertips in a slow stroking way. The therapist also uses forearm, elbow and other pressures on specific tissues. The therapist will stroke the tissue following the grain of the muscle, tendon or fascia in a smoothing pattern. Sometimes the therapist may actually work against the grain of the fibers to get some specific therapeutic effect.
Deep tissue massage therapy promotes the healing process and, as well as being used by professional athletes with or on the cusp of an injury, it is often used on non-athletes as part of a wider physiotherapy and rehabilitation programme.
The practice also helps to strengthen muscles, which is why modern deep tissue massage therapy is a popular means of preventing sports injuries. Practically every top-flight athlete will have a physiotherapist in tow who is well versed in deep tissue massage therapy. While no panacea, deep tissue massage therapy has wide-ranging benefits that are felt almost immediately. And the technique can often be the precursor to injury diagnosis as it is a useful means of spotting muscle pain early.