Massage Therapy Techiniques

Deep Tissue Massage SF

Dr. Smith provides deep tissue massage in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.  He is very strong, but tempers his strength with experience.  He gets into the deepest fibers of the muscles, releasing painful stress.  Deep tissue massage can be uncomfortable, but should be tolerable.

According to Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.

Into the Depths

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains in areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.

Deep tissue massage uses some of the same strokes  as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper.  Dr. Smith focuses on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).

Dr. Smith is intensely strong, but has learned to temper that strength with intuition.  He is very adept at working the deeper fibers without further damaging them.

Why Deep Tissue Massage?

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.

At certain points during the massage, most people find there is usually some discomfort and pain.  It is important to communicate when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range.

There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. Dr. Smith may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and the following conditions:

  • Chronic pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury)
  • Repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Postural problems
  • Muscle tension in the hamstrings, glutes, IT band, legs, quadriceps, rhomboids, upper back
  • Ostearthritis pain
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm
  • After a workout or bodybuilding

According to Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.

Deep tissue massage also received a top ranking for pain associated with fibromyalgia. People often notice improved range of motion immediately after a deep tissue massage.