A Short Guide to Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

If you frequently suffer from muscle tension or pain, researching all  of your options can help you find the one that will finally give you some relief and correct the underlying issues causing the painful situation. We provide several different types of massage, which are classified differently depending on the movements and goals of the masseuse and client. Deep tissue massage is unique in that it aligns muscles and connective tissue at a lower level than a conventional massage. This type of massage can fix muscle pain and prevent tension from becoming a reoccurring issue.

The Basic Techniques of Deep Tissue Massage

The roots of muscle pain and tension are often in muscle and bone misalignment or adhesions. These are areas of rigid tissues that have come from mild trauma, which can include muscle overuse, sleeping in a strange position, or numerous other types of mundane injury. Many people refer to these as knots and they can impede circulation, reduce muscle function, and cause pain. In order for the adhesions to be broken up and to restore the muscle to normal, intense pressure is put on the adhesions. Getting lower into the volume of the muscle requires more pressure and fixing the upper muscle problems before going deeper. While conventional massages work the upper layers, deep tissue is much more concentrated on correcting the issues that cause pain.

What to Expect

Many people are afraid of deep tissue massages because they think it will be very painful. It’s generally true that deep tissue massages will involve some discomfort. The pressure put on muscle knots is what will get rid of them in the long run and correct the issues in the connective tissue and muscle that are creating pain to begin with. Your massage can be equal parts relaxing, productive, and intense, but this will only signal to you that your masseuse is doing a good job. You can take deep tissue massages in stages and over the course of several visits to make it work as well as possible for your body.


5 thoughts on “A Short Guide to Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

  1. I did not realize that muscle pain was often caused by misalignment! That would make sense for athletes that often stress their bodies really hard. I bet people with muscle adhesion problems really benefit from deep tissue massages a lot! Thanks for posting this info on the massage process!

    1. Of course our pleasure! We are always happy to help in anyway we can!

  2. You said that deep tissue massages cause some discomfort. If I was going to get a deep tissue massage I would want to make sure that it was done professionally. It could be helpful to ask a professional about different options for deep tissue massages and tips for preparing for one.

  3. Great article and very well explained. I believe in professionals so this is a very useful article for everyone. Many thanks for your share.

  4. I didn’t know that having a knot in your back could not only cause pain but it could also impede the circulation throughout your body. For the past week, I have had the worst upper back pain and I think it might be from a hike that I had gone on recently that I definitely wasn’t prepared for. I’ll have to start looking for a professional that can give a deep tissue massage to help get this knot out that could be causing damage to my body.

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