A general term for a complete range of therapies, Connective Tissue Massage groups treatments that free the body's connective tissues and muscles to encourage them to function properly again.
Among the conditions deep tissue bodywork treats are whiplash, low back and neck pain, and even degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis.
Connective tissue refers to tissues that surround, protect, and support all of the other structures in the body. It represents the matrix that binds together the body's organs and systems, while at the same time separating them. Fascia, a specific type of connective tissue, provides a continuous sheath of structural support for the skeleton and soft tissues.
Connective Tissue Massage's aim is to increase blood circulation in to restricted areas, to break down scar tissue and knots, get into the muscle tissue to affect deeper layers, relieve areas of pain, tension and soreness and to improve generally mobility and range of motion. IF you look at it closely, it complements orthopaedic and chiropractic treatments.
Many athletes and dancers use this form of massage to enhance their performance. It can also be helpful in preventing, and rehabilitating from, many types of injuries. It can also:
- Improve range and freedom of motion
- Relieve fascial strain and tension around joints
- Reduce structural compensations that could otherwise develop following trauma
- Minimize the body's vulnerability to future injury
- Increase energy and an enhance a sense of well being
Some soreness may result for the first day or two but will improve in the following days. It is important to drink plenty of water in order to flush the toxins released by deep work.