Over time people develop negative postural habits, particularly where our occupations encourage repetitive postures such as, desk/computer operators, this encourages a gradual development of muscular imbalance leading to pain and tension. Deep tissue massage is especially helpful for these chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. It is also helpful for sports enthusiasts to maintain their health and fitness and prevent injuries developing, as it increases the circulation oxygenating the muscle fibres and removes accumulated residues of lactic acid, which can cause stiffness and pain.
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil and often uses direct deep pressure. Muscles must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper musculature. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain. It uses techniques that work below superficial connective tissue with the intent of breaking up old structural patterns and allowing the free flow of nutrients and oxygen to the muscle. Restricted, stiff, knotted or painful areas are detected by determining the quality and texture of the deeper layer of musculature and by slowly working into these areas, release is facilitated.
Deep tissue massage can be used by everyone.