Deep Tissue Massage


What is deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage uses strong, consistent pressure during massage strokes to reach tissues deep below the skin's surface. The goal of this type of massage therapy is to relieve deep-seated tension so muscles and connective tissues become more relaxed and soreness is alleviated. Deep tissue massage targets the fascia, a layer of connective tissue that covers the body's soft tissues. It uses the “heels” of the hands, the knuckles, the forearms, the fists and even the elbows to penetrate deeply and relieve tension and soreness while releasing toxins and breaking up contracted bands of tissue that may have become “stuck” together. Sometimes, deep tissue massage can cause discomfort; if you become too uncomfortable during treatment, you should let you therapist know so he or she can adjust the amount of pressure that's being used.

What conditions can deep tissue massage treat?

The registered massage therapists at The Health Network use deep tissue massage to help London, Ontario, patients overcome the deep pain and stiffness caused by overuse or under-use, overexertion, chronic stress and tension – even poor posture. For men and women with persistent, chronic soreness and stiffness around the neck and shoulders and throughout the back, deep tissue massage can be especially beneficial. That's because when deep soreness and stiffness are ignored and allowed to persist, muscle fibres shorten and stiffen, restricting circulation and enabling toxins and waste products to build up. Small areas of scar tissue develop, and bands of fascia tissue begin to stick together, forming adhesions that can restrict movement. Deep tissue massage works by gently releasing these adhesions and restoring normal, healthy circulation and lymphatic drainage.

What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?

The primary benefits of deep tissue massage include pain relief, restoration of range of motion and flexibility, and release of soft tissue tension and stiffness, as well as faster healing following injury or surgery. While pressure plays an important role, it's important to choose an experienced registered massage therapist like those at The Health Network who understand how to safely and effectively manipulate the deeper tissues for optimal results.

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