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What is deep tissue massage?

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Deep tissue massage is best for giving attention to certain painful, stiff "trouble spots" in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes that focus pressure on layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues deep under your skin. Though less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage may be therapeutic -- relieving chronic patterns of tension and helping with muscle injuries, such as back sprain.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Massage Therapy as CAM."

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Massage Therapists."

American Massage Therapy Association: "2008 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet;" "Choosing a Type of Massage;" "Glossary of Massage Terms;" and "Massage and Serious Health Conditions."

Washington State University: "UREC Massage Styles."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

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SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Massage Therapy as CAM."

U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Massage Therapists."

American Massage Therapy Association: "2008 Massage Therapy Industry Fact Sheet;" "Choosing a Type of Massage;" "Glossary of Massage Terms;" and "Massage and Serious Health Conditions."

Washington State University: "UREC Massage Styles."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 2, 2018

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