Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

Deep Tissue Massage 

Deep Tissue Massage is a category of massage therapy that focuses on the muscles and fascia of the deep layers of the body. It is used to treat chronic pains and stiffness of the muscles and is mostly recommended by doctors. Deep massage is done by applying firm pressure in small slow strokes to treat various chronic illnesses. Deep massage is different from having a regular massage. It is not simple massage with deep pressure, in fact, it has specific techniques applied to scar tissue and knots in the muscles. The deep massage begins by warming up the muscles by applying light pressure, and then techniques like stripping and friction are used. In stripping;  elbows, knuckles, forearms and thumbs are used in high gliding pressure along the length of the muscle, and in friction, the adhesions in the muscles are released, and tissue fibers are realigned by applying pressure across the grain of the muscles. Deep massage focuses on specific complications like chronic pain in the muscles, healing from injuries, etc. Constricted mobility, Pain in lower back, injuries such as whiplash or falls, problems due to poor posture, sciatica, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, muscle tension, etc. are examples in which deep massage is indicated.

Merits of Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

S. No. Benefits
1 Treats chronic pains
2 Lowers the Blood Pressure
3 Reduces Stress and Anxiety
4 Disintegrates scar tissue
5 Improves performance of athletes
6 Helps with delivery and labor pains
7 Helps reducing symptoms of Arthritis

In the below-mentioned conditions, deep tissue massage is contraindicated or maybe avoided for the time being.In the case of a localized problem that area can be prevented, and therapy continued for the rest of the body where required.

1 Deep Venous Thrombosis
2 Low Blood Platelet Count in Patient
3 Person using blood thinning medication like Warfarin
4 Fractures
5 Healing wounds
6 Skin infections
7 Osteoporosis
8 Patient undergoing Chemotherapy, radiotherapy (Consult Physician before massage)
9 Pregnant women (Consult Gynecologist before massage)
10 Severe Unstable Hypertension
11 Frostbite
12 Aneurism

Side Effects

1 Bruising
2 Venous thromboembolism
3 Posterior interosseous syndrome
4 Spinal accessory neuropathy
5 Hepatic hematoma

COMPARISON BETWEEN Deep Tissue Massage & Others

Regular massage, Deep Massage, and Myofascial Release Therapy may seem the same, but there is a slight difference in the three procedures explained below,

Acts on Superficial layers of muscles Sub-layer of muscles and fascia


Acts specifically on fascia
Types of strokes used Longitudinal gliding


Small firm strokes


Twisting and traction strokes



Materials  used Various  gels, oils; lotions are used to avoid friction Lubricating materials are required No gel, oil or any other lubricating material is applied during the therapy
Pressure points No focus on particular pressure point


No focus on particular pressure point


Pressure is applied at specific points in the body


Works by Improving localized blood circulation Sympathetic reactions are suppressed by increasing blood supply.

The release of endorphins is stimulated which prevents pain signals to reach the brain.


 Circulation of blood and lymphatic system is improved causing stimulation of the myotatic reflex of the muscles



Contraindicated in ·         DVT

·         Burns

·         Fractures

·         Osteoporosis

·         Can be done in pregnancy as it gentle superficial massage

·         Deep Venous Thrombosis

·         Osteoporosis

·         Burns

·         Low platelet count

·         Pregnancy

·         DVT

·         Fractures

·         Patients having low blood platelet count

·         Burns

·         Osteoporosis

·         Pregnancy


Education Required No certification required Having certified training Having advanced certification training after becoming a massage therapist