Swedish massage is usually used for relaxation, but deep tissue massages focus more on a specific problem, such as: chronic pain, limited mobility, recovery from injuries (e.g. whiplash, falls, sports injury), repetitive strain injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis pain, fibromyalgia, and muscle spasms.
Massage therapists will use their fingers, thumbs or occasionally even elbows to apply the needed pressure. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
Deep tissue massage is safe and effective for most people. However, people with certain medical conditions should avoid deep pressure massages. For instance, those with a blood clotting disorder, or those on blood thinners, should avoid massage. It also may not be safe for those undergoing cancer treatment. Women who are pregnant should probably avoid deep tissue massage and get the gentler Swedish massage instead. The same goes for those who have osteoporosis or bone issues.
Watch this massage instructor explaining deep tissue massage techniques:
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