Deep tissue massage is a form of massage therapy that focuses on releasing the deeper myofascial restrictions of the deeper musculature, tendons and ligaments in the body. Sometimes also referred to as myofascial release, it is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It can be particularly helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, muscla cramps, lower back tightness, and sore or "frozen" shoulders.
Deep tissue massage employs techniques to work below superficial connective tissue with the intent of breaking up old structural patterns and allowing the free flow of oxygen and nutrients to the blood. Deep tissue massage also helps to free trapped nerves, oxygenates areas with poor circulation and allows the spine and joints to relax their alignment.
Deep tissue massage can help to relieve:
People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.