Deep Tissue Massage (DTM) differs from Swedish massage therapy in that Deep Tissue Massage therapy involves a deeper touch, isolating specific muscles in order to lengthen and separate muscle groups from surrounding tissue that keep the muscle from operating efficiently. Deep tissue massage therapy helps the body to move more freely, thereby reducing the chance of injury.
Scar tissue from injuries and restriction in the tissue caused by poor posture or repeated movement patterns can be successfully broken up by a deep tissue massage. This helps the body to maintain its natural equilibrium and balance in day-to-day activities.
Trigger Points are localized cramps that develop within a muscle, causing a loss in range of motion, soreness, and radiated pain to other parts of the body. These radiated pains can be the source of headaches and back pain, which are the most common complaints. This is the most common reason for people to want a deep tissue massage.
These cramps, or knots, in effect shorten the muscle the way tying a knot in a rope will shorten the rope. The muscles can't reach or stretch as far as they normally could, so when affected muscle is used, it can be painful or even cause the muscle tissue to tear. Direct pressure to these cramps by receiving a deep tissue massage, helps to release the contraction, bringing normal blood flow to the area.
Deep Tissue Massage Key Benefits