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Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

at Nashville Neuromuscular Center



Stress is an inherent part of daily life. Stresses can be caused by negatives like unpleasant confrontations, deadlines, financial pressures, or being overwhelmed by too much to do in too limited a timeframe. But even the joyous times like wedding planning, moving into your dream house, and activities accompanying happy holiday seasons can produce stress. It can be negative stress or it can be positive stress, but it is stress nonetheless. Smart people know a great massage can keep their stress levels down and help them maintain a healthier happier state of mind and body. There are scientific peer reviewed studies which confirm this.

 While the dominant modality of the Nashville neuromuscular Center's Clinical Massage Therapy is scientific and probem-solving in nature, and our primary focus is on long-lasting functional outcomes, some of our staff do provide simple deep tissue stress-reduction massage if that is your preference. Be sure to let us know what you are looking for so we can guide you to the best therapist for your needs.

A stress reduction massage can be the perfect treatment for the work weary, where you can just relax and drift away in the hands of one of these experienced licensed massage therapists. Please advise your therapist in advance as to what your goals are for your session. When Life rubs you the wrong way, come see our  Massage Therapists for an educated and effective massage.



 A simple Deep tissue massage can be helpful in lessening the discomfort of tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Unlike classic Swedish massage therapy, deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscular tension and connective tissue (Fascia).

Some of the issues we can help with through simple deep tissue massage are:

  • chronic pain
  • muscle tension or spasm
  • limited range or motion
  • recovery from injuries
  • Prevention of injuries
  • Osteoarhritis pain

When there is chronic muscle tension there are usually fascial adhesions an/or tight bands of painful, rigid tissue in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.

 According to the August 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, 34,000 people ranked deep tissue massage techniques in the hands of a skilled massage therapist more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain than physical therapy, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over-the-counter drugs.

 Let me be clear here that Deep Tissue Massage does not have to be painfully deep pressure. It is more about specificity. When the Nashville Neuromuscular Center's  massage therapist is on the precise tissue, they will not need to use dramatic force to coerce the desired muscle/myofascial response. Yes, the massage therapist will be affecting the deep tissue, but not necessarily with uncomfortably deep pressure. Remember YOU are in charge of the pressure in any massage and should direct your therapist accordingly.

 And please understand that simple deep tissue massage is NOT the same as Clinical Bodywork, Myofascial or Neuromuscular Therapy. These more clinical approaches may incorporate some deep tissue techniques but involve a much more complex and thorough neuro-myo-fascial-skeletal perspecitive, intention, and training.