Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue that often cause chronic pain and tension. Chronic tension can be caused by 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 a greater range of movement. The therapist may use direct static pressure and/or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.