When adhesions are present in the deep muscle tissue, the muscle can feel tense and uncomfortable. As deep tissue pressure is placed on the adhesion, the knot is broken up and toxins (such as lactic acid) are encouraged to leave the muscle back into the bloodstream where they can be eliminated out of the body. This helps the muscle relax.
The relief of pain may result after a deep tissue massage session. Pain can often be caused by taut bands of muscles referred to as “trigger points”. These trigger points can cause the affected muscle to be sensitive and emit pain throughout the body (referred pain), according to the Northwestern Sciences University. Trigger points are especially common in the shoulder, neck and back muscles. Deep tissue massage can focus on these trigger points, releasing the tautness of the muscle and reducing the referred pain emitting from the muscle.
As the massage therapist places pressure on your muscles, the pressure forces blood to move through congested areas of the muscles, increasing blood circulation into and out of the tissue. As circulation increases, the muscle is able to more easily obtain the nutrients and oxygen it needs to operate efficiently. The tissue is also better able to get rid of waste products that can contribute to muscle pain and soreness.
Trigger points and muscle knots can limit your range of motion and flexibility because of both tension and pain. By breaking up the knots and trigger points, deep tissue massage increases how far your muscles can move while remaining pain free. This is especially beneficial for athletes or those with limited mobility due to injury or chronic muscle problems.
Symptoms appear when anatomical dysfunction and misalignment sets in and interferes with the body’s ability to perform tasks. Good posture is the ability to maintain structural integrity of the joints regardless of the position – standing, sitting, squatting, etc.