What is a deep tissue massage?

By: Maria Murchie, RMT, Aug 15, 2018
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Hamilton Massage Therapy, Maria Murchie RMT

What are the benefits of a deep tissue massage?

Deep tissue massage therapy is a treatment that works on the muscles and connective tissue found below the surface of the top muscles, hence the name “deep” tissue massage. Chronic pain or muscle tension is usually the result of adhesions in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These are bands of painful, rigid tissue which block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage breaks down these adhesions, relieving the patient of the chronic pain and muscle tension.

Some scenarios where patients benefit from deep tissue massage therapy treatment include stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. It is also ideal if you are someone who is experiencing ongoing pain, participates in heavy physical activity (people such as athletes and labourers) or has sustained a physical injury.

Benefits of deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage therapy treatment can help:

  • Alleviate chronic pain
  • Alleviate limited mobility
  • Recovery from injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Postural problems
  • Osteoarthritis pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle tension or spasm

Maria Murchie, RMT, resident of Hamilton, Ontario, always knew she wanted to be in the health field, however at a young age she learned that she had a blood phobia, so she was forced to rethink her nursing career. Massage seemed to be a hemoglobin free alternative and it has been for the last 6 years.
 
A graduate of the Canadian Therapeutic College 2004, and a member of the Canadian Massage Therapists of Ontario since 2005, Maria enjoys finding new therapies and new places to travel, to become more educated in the massage therapy field. Just recently Maria travelled to St. Petersburg, Florida to educate herself on the BAMBOO FUSION massage, and is excited to bring this latest therapy to her clients in Canada.