Deep tissue massage is the modality most requested at my practice. This technique is effective in treating chronic muscular pain and facilitating injury rehabilitation. Deep tissue work also reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis.
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.
According to the University Of Maryland Medical Center, one study found that deep tissue massage reduced blood pressure levels (an average reduction of 10.4 mm Hg in systolic pressure and a diastolic pressure reduction of 5.3 mm Hg).