This technique detects and treats areas of higher tension, focusing more specifically on them. The massage heats the muscle tissue and gradually tears the muscle seals and tissue adhesion. This leads to relief from chronic muscle pain and relaxation, helps with chronic muscle pain and reduces symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. It improves respiratory function. CAUTION: This type of massage is not recommended for people with impaired blood clotting, increased risk of fractures (osteoporosis), nerve damage, inflamed veins, recent surgery or chemotherapy, hernia, or the elderly. The applied pressure is medium to strong.
What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?
Provides both physical and psychological benefits. Unlike other massage techniques that focus on relaxation, it helps treat muscle pain and improve stiffness. But it can also help you relax mentally.
It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.
A 2014 study of 59 participants found that deep tissue massage helped reduce pain in people with chronic low backs. The authors compared its effects with those of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (Advil).
People have also reported that deep tissue massage helps with:
- sports injuries
- plantar fasciitis
- high bloodpressure
- tennis elbow