Deep Tissue Massage
Massage therapy is on the rise and the health benefits of massage are being recognized by the medical society.
Deep Tissue Massage Techniques
Your body is composed of more than a single layer of muscle, so when it is the lower layers of muscle that need the attention of a skilled massage therapist, they need to use deep tissue massage as a way of realigning the deeper muscle and tissue. Deep tissue massage is especially effective in helping heal tightness of the lower back, stiff necks and sore shoulders.
A massage therapist will use many conventional massage strokes during a deep tissue massage, however they tend to move more slowly and spend time focusing of easing through to the tensest or most painful areas. The goal of the massage is to gently use direct pressure or apply friction across the muscle to break down adhesions. Adhesions are bands of painful rigid tissue that can occur in muscles, tendons and ligaments and can block circulation resulting in limited movement as well as inflammation and pain. Breaking down these adhesions is a slow and delicate process requiring a skilful mix of pressure and focus, but can restore normal movement and relieve pain.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Reduces Chronic Pain
The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that deep-tissue massage is more effective and affordable for relieving chronic pain than conventional medical remedies. Because deep-tissue massage increases the flow of blood through the body, it helps reduce the inflammation that causes pain. Deep-tissue massage can also help alleviate muscle tension that is often a side effect of chronic pain by loosening the tight tissue clusters.
Improves Blood Pressure
Deep-tissue massage helps ease stress and tension, which can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure. People who had a deep-tissue massage saw their systolic pressure drop by an average of 10.4 mm Hg and their diastolic pressure drop an average 5.3 mm Hg, according to a study cited by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Deep-tissue massage can help increase the body’s production of serotonin, the hormone that promotes happiness and good feelings.
Breaks Up Scar Tissue
Over time, deep-tissue massage therapy can help break up and eventually erase scar tissue in the body. It does this by improving lymphatic circulation and drainage to improve flexibility and range of motion in the affected area. Scar tissue is often associated with ongoing pain and stiffness, so deep-tissue massage can improve these symptoms. Massage therapy is often recommended for people who are recovering from surgery.
Rehabilitates Injured Muscles
Deep-tissue massage can be an effective treatment for injured muscles. Because it facilitates the movement of toxins from the muscles and helps stretch tight or twisted muscle mass, deep-tissue massage can help promote healing. Because massage also helps relax muscles, it can reduce the pain caused by injuries, too. Deep-tissue massage is frequently used to rehabilitate sports injuries.
For those people who suffer from chronic stress, and all of its various, possible side-effects like tension headaches, rigid shoulders and tight muscles; deep tissue massage can be a relief. During a session you can let it all go and give in to the healing. Once renewed and revitalized you’ll be able to face your challenges more equitably.