When a person has chronic muscle tension adhesions (bundles of contracted fibres found in muscle, ligament or tendon) can block the local circulation to the soft tissues. This not only causes pain but can a person can complain of limited movement and general signs of inflammation can be noted: swelling, heat, redness and pain. Deep tissue massage therefore targets the deeper layers of the muscle fibres and connective tissues and encourages the soft tissues to align in an improved way, ‘ironing’ out the adhesions in order to reduce the presence of chronic contractures derived from perhaps a repetitive type action such as is required from work or just a basic daily living activity.
Deep tissue massage is very specific and targeted to areas that are affected. Deep movements and deep pressure (as can be tolerated) are exerted over the soft tissues in order to produce a release and improvement to the overall area thereby reducing tension and pain.