Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage. Knead to Know Facts

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage aimed at the deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue.  Deep tissue massage uses many of the same movements and techniques as Swedish massage, but the pressure will generally be more intense.  It is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as “Trigger Points.”)

Trigger points or trigger sites are described as hyper irritable spots in skeletal muscles that are associated with palpable nodules or more commonly known as knots that are found in taut bands of muscle fibers.  These knots are a common cause of pain.

Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or local twitch response.  The local twitch response is not the same as a muscle spasm.  This is because a muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle entirely contracting whereas the local twitch response also refers to the entire muscle but only involves a small switch, no contraction.

Will a Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

It shouldn’t hurt, but it’s likely to be a bit more uncomfortable than a classic Swedish massage.  You should always feel free to speak up if the pressure is too much for you.

Hot Fast Will I get Results With A Deep Tissue Massage?

It’s important to be realistic about what one deep tissue massage can achieve.  Many people ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, they can get rid of all their knots in an hour.  This just won’t happen.  In fact, undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved with an integrated program that includes exercise, work on your posture and ways of moving, relaxation techniques and a regular program of massage.

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