What are Deep Transverse Frictions?
Deep transverse frictions are a form of deep tissue massage or tissue manipulation used by physiotherapists. It involves massaging back and forth over the fibres of a muscle or ligament. This ensures that as the tissue heals, scar tissue is not laid down. As a result, the muscle or ligament regains it’s pre-injury tensile strength, i.e. it maintains it’s mobility.
What are they used for?
- Muscle tears and strains
- Muscle contusion eg: dead leg
- Scar tissue
- Ligament tears and strains
- Tendon tears and strains
What are the effects of Deep Transverse Frictions?
- Promotes healing
- Breaks down adhesions and prevents formation of scar tissue
- Improves circulation
- Releases endorphins (happy hormones)