5 Reasons to Try a Deep Tissue Massage

5 Reasons to Try a Deep Tissue Massage

Are you experiencing tightness, pain, or soreness? Then a deep tissue massage might be just what you need.

Massage therapy has been around for centuries. There are documented cases where the Egyptians, Persians, and Hindus used massages to relieve many ailments.

It’s a great way to ease pain and relax after a stressful day.

What is a deep tissue massage?

It’s different from other types of massages. It targets deep muscle tissues to ease tension and break up adhesions, whereas other massages focus on the surface area instead of deep into the tissues. 

In this article you will learn 7 different benefits of completing a deep tissue massage.

1.) Helps lower blood pressure

A 2013 study published on PubMed found that deep tissue massages can lower diastolic blood pressure, arterial pressure, and heart rate. (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3733180/)

2.) Eases chronic lower back pain

Many people report that their back feels much better after getting a deep tissue massage.

In fact, a study published in the national library of Medicine in 2014 found that “Deep tissue massage had a positive effect on reducing pain in patients with chronic low back pain.” (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3953439/#:~:text=Conclusion.,degree%20that%20the%20DTM%20did)

Lower Back Stretch courtesy of Empower Physiotherapy. (Read Caption)

3.) Releases scar tissue so you can move better

Scar tissue can bind tissues and muscles together restricting movement while causing severe pain. A deep tissue massage can break up the scar tissue freeing up your movement and helping to relieve your pain.

4.) Accelerates healing from injury

A deep tissue massage can accelerate healing by boosting blood flow and nutrients to the injured area. This process is critical for healing. That’s why so many athletes incorporate deep tissue massages into their recovery routine. It also helps them reduce muscle soreness post-event.

5.) Reduce stress

During a deep tissue massage, your body can stimulate the production of feel-good hormones like serotonin to help you relax. Also, it may help you sleep better after.

2 Types of Massage Therapy courtesy of Delta Physiotherapy and Rehab Mississauga. (Read the caption)

What to expect during a deep tissue massage

You will first lie on your front, side, or back on a massage table depending on what body part you need help with.

The therapist will first begin warming up your muscles with light pressure to prepare your body. They will then gradually start to apply slow strokes and deep pressure with their hands, arms, and even elbows. This is effective at releasing restrictions in your muscles and tissues.

You may feel some discomfort but many report it gives them that hurts-so-good feeling.

After, you may feel a little sore. This is a normal part of the healing process, however

To find a deep tissue massage near you just use the search box on this page to find a registered massage therapist nearby.

Whether you’re looking for a deep tissue massage in Calgary, Ottawa, or anywhere else we have registered massage therapists in almost every city in Canada.

Benefits of Massage Treatments courtesy of Oshawa Chiro and Physio Wellness. (Read the caption)


This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a physiotherapist or chiropractor on a phone call (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation on this session is to find out whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care can help you getting back to doing the things you love in life.

Frequently Asked Questions

It depends on your pain. You may need one a few times a week or a few times a month. Your massage therapist will be able to recommend the frequency and duration you need for your condition.

Yes, a deep tissue massage is one of the best ways to release those painful knots.

You may feel tired as your muscles relax and stress is released. Many report they sleep deeper and better at night.

About Taylor Sipos

Taylor is a physiotherapist at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic located in Toronto, Ontario. He treats patients with various musculoskeletal conditions using patient education, exercise therapy, manual therapy and acupuncture. His treatment philosophy involves giving his patient’s the means to self-manage their injuries. He does this through reassurance, education and health promotion. Taylor uses the same principles as a patient educator at Pain Hero. He aims to provide you with high-quality, easy to understand information to teach you about your condition and how to improve it.

Medical Disclaimer:

The information presented in this blog post is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, treatment or a diagnosis, consult with a medical professional such as one suggested on this website. The Clinic Accelerator Inc. and the author of this page are not liable for the associated risks of using or acting upon the information contained in this article.

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