Deep Tissue Massage

How deep tissue massage works

Deep tissue massage is a therapy that focuses on realigning the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). Deep tissue massage can be used for a variety of physical ailments through use of deep finger pressure and slow, firm strokes.

Over time, due to tension or injury, adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) form in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement and inflammation.

Deep tissue massage functions via physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.

Trigger point therapy addresses tight areas within a muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. Trigger point therapy is designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. With the patient’s active participation through deep breathing and isolating the exact location of intensity and discomfort, will allow the physician to best address and reduce the pain.

Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork based on the theoretical framework of Traditional Chinese medicine. Shiatsu means “finger pressure” where fingers, thumbs and palms; assisted stretching; and joint manipulation and mobilization are used.

The main concept behind shiatsu techniques is that energy, qi (pronounced “chi”) circulates along channels or meridians in the body. When this qi flows freely the individual will be physically, emotionally and spiritually well. On the other hand, a myriad of conditions can cause an imbalance resulting in discomfort.

Conditions Treated and Precautions

Reduces chronic pain and aches caused by repetitive strain or postural problems
Contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back
Low back pain
Leg muscle tightness
Sore shoulders
Improves blood pressure
Breaks up scar tissue
Rehabilitates inured muscles
Relieves stress
Following a workout


Although these techniques can help many conditions, it is important to note when it may not be recommended. DTM is not recommended when:

Infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
Immediately after surgery
Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
People with osteoporosis should consult their doctor before getting a massage
Prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage.
Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage during pregnancy should be performed by a therapist trained in pregnancy massage.
Massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia or areas of recent fractures.

Tips and care

Don’t eat a heavy meal prior to treatment
May result in muscle soreness or tenderness, lasting a day or two. This is normal.
Make sure to drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins released from muscles to properly hydrate muscles. This may help reduce the muscle stiffness following treatment.
Avoid strenuous activity after treatment.
Stretching may help prevent muscle aches and pain after treatment.
During your visit, we will discuss what is best for you and tailor the treatment based on what you will benefit from the most, whether it be deep tissue, trigger point or shiatsu techniques. Our goal is to significantly reduce pain by the end of your visit.

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