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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a very popular style of massage, and for good reason. It is very effective for chronic aches and pains, as well as for the contracted muscles that can cause stiff neck, stiff upper back, painful lower back, tight leg muscles or sore shoulders. Dixon Martin, Kentucky Masseur, can help you with all of these problems, and more.

If you ask me for “Deep Tissue Massage,” I will ask a few questions to determine your goals for the massage. Do you mean, “massage with firm pressure,” or are you requesting “deep tissue massage” to address specific problems you are having? True deep tissue massage is slow and methodical, sinking deeply into problem areas. A true "deep tissue" massage is rarely full-body.

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep Tissue Massage is not a massage for relaxation. It is a specific technique meant to resolve specific problems. Deep Tissue Massage focuses on stretching fascia, muscle, and other connective tissue all the way down to the deepest accessible layers. 

If you have ever cooked a rack of ribs, you have seen fascia; It’s the layer of tissue on the back side of the ribs. It is somewhat white in appearance and really tough. It reminds me of Tyvek.
There are two main categories of fascia: superficial and deep. 

Superficial fascia sort of forms an envelope between your muscles and your skin. 

Deep fascia is a three-dimensional web of connective tissue that surrounds, supports and penetrates every muscle, bone, nerve and organ throughout the body.

What Happens During Deep Tissue Massage?

During a Deep Tissue Massage, the massage therapist uses fingers, thumbs, fists, forearms and elbows to work and stretch through connective tissues and muscles all the way down to the deepest accessible layers. Deep Tissue Massage can change posture and create freedom of movement by releasing chronically contracted muscles, adhesions and scar tissue. 

Does Deep Tissue Massage Hurt?

Most people experience some discomfort and pain during a Deep Tissue Massage. In order to minimize your discomfort, Kentucky Masseur works slowly to allow muscles and tissues to relax as I sink deeper. It is important to tell your massage therapist if anything hurts or if any soreness or pain you experience is beyond your comfort range.

After a Deep Tissue Massage, there is usually some stiffness or pain, but it should subside in a day or so. Applying ice to the area after the massage may reduce your discomfort.

What Can Deep Tissue Massage Help?

Deep Tissue Massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain or an injury. The following list isn't comprehensive, but shows some conditions that can be especially helped by Deep Tissue Massage.
  • Chronic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Injuries like whiplash, falls or sports injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Problems with posture
  • Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, iliotibial band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids or upper back
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia


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