Deep tissue or sports massage is a specific treatment for realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. It is particularly useful for chronically tense areas and muscles that have become contracted due to repetitive movements, overuse, and athletic training.
How does it work?
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down adhesions and nerve entrapments caused by chronic muscle tension or injury. These problems affect the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, blocking circulation and causing pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Once I dissolve the adhesions through deep tissue massage, however, your pain is relieved and normal movement is restored.
What’s the difference between classic massage therapy and deep tissue massage?
Classic massage therapy is used for relaxation, whereas deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as:
- Lower back pain
- Sciatica and piriformis syndrome
- Hip & pelvic pain
- Leg & foot problems including plantar fasciitis, chronic ankle pain, and knee injuries
- Neck & shoulder pain
- Frozen shoulder
- TMJ (Temporomandibular joint syndrome)
- Pain in the hands & arms (carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Tennis elbow & golfer’s elbow
- Whiplash & injuries from falls
Note: Treatment for chronic muscular tension or recovery from soft tissue injury usually requires more than one session. In fact, it can take at least three treatments to see proper results (1 session = 1 hour).