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?

  1. Muscle tears and strains
  2. Muscle contusion eg: dead leg
  3. Scar tissue
  4. Ligament tears and strains
  5. 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)