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Deep Tissue Masssage - Ann Arbor

(Also known as deep tissue therapy or orthopaedic massage)

Deep tissue therapy is a type of massage that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. Using slower strokes and deeper pressure the therapist will concentrate on areas of tension and pain, and on the areas believed to be contributing to the imbalance, particularly when postural distortion is present. This type of work is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back and hip tightness, and tight shoulders resulting in loss of range of motion and numbness and/or tingling in the hands.

Chronically tightened muscles usually have adhesions, bands of painful, rigid tissue, that can restrict circulation so that the muscles do not get all of the oxygen and nutrients that the circulation brings. This can cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to restore normal range of movement and relieve pain. At certain points during the massage there can be some discomfort and pain. It is very important that you communicate with the therapist so that they can monitor your comfort during the session.

Unlike classic massage therapy, which is used for relaxation, deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem, such as


Massage therapy can increase your sports performance by releasing tight muscles through sports massage techniques including proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, muscle energy techniques, active isolated stretching, or static stretching, and Repetitive Use Injury Treatment, along with deep tissue work to address chronically tight areas which are hindering your range of motion.

Clients who receive structural work

When used in conjunction with chiropractic and physical therapy, massage therapy helps by releasing the tight muscles to allow the structure to retain the work done by these professionals. The skeletal system is your structural support system, but it’s the muscles that provide the ability for the body to move. When you have a structural mal-alignment, in most cases the muscles have responded by tightening into the new position. Unless you release the tightened muscles you are limiting the success of structural work that you have performed.

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Sandy Castle

Sandy Castle - Certified Massage Therapist
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Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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I have had hip pain due to over training for the last few years. Nothing seemed to help until I started seeing Sandy. She has worked with me using a combination of deep muscle massage therapy and stretching. My condition has improved dramatically and I would highly recommend her.

Chris Brown
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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