Deep tissue massage is a specific type of soft tissue therapy concentrating on the superficial, intermediate and deeper tissue layers of the muscle and fascia in the body. Quite often recommended by many medical doctors as a treatment option, DTT requires advanced training and a thorough knowledge of musculoskeletal system and physiology. It is often quite effective in releasing thick, stuck soft tissue after scar tissue has developed post accident, post operative (knee, hip, shoulder surgery, etc.), with muscle strains/sprains, arthritis, tendinitis and others.
Deep, slow, firm pressure and/or strokes are administered in a variety of different methods within the patient's pain tolerance with the goal of releasing and “melting” away the tight bands of soft tissue. The depth of the of the pressure used is for accessing the tissues at the level of dysfunction rather than simply a high volume of pressure. Lubricant cream is used or no lubricant to better access the soft tissue dysfunction.