With deep tissue, the movement during the massage is slower and the pressure is firm with a concentration on areas of tension and pain. The firm pressure is used to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (connective tissue surrounding muscles).
When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are typically adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These adhesions can cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
Deep Tissue Massage Helps: