All you need to know about Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage therapy concentrates on tissues, muscles and fascia, and has been used successfully for the treatment of chronic pain and conditions such as stiff upper back, neck, and shoulders, lower back pain, and taut hamstring muscles.
Similar to Swedish massage, deep tissue massage is used effectively for the treatment of chronic muscle tension. The technique focuses on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, fascia, and tendons. The strokes used in deep tissue massage are similar to those used in classic massage therapy; however, the movement is relatively slower with a higher intensity of pressure applied to help reduce pain and inflammation.
Deep Tissue Massage – How does it Work?
In cases of chronic muscle injury and tension, adhesions and lesions in the injured tissue, tendons and ligaments can hinder blood circulation and may result in pain, inflammation, and limited mobility. Deep tissue massage usually works by breaking down these adhesions to alleviate pain and restore normal movement.
A massage therapist may use massage oil and apply deep pressure to the strained areas of the body in order to ease the tension and target deeper tissue layers. This form of massage is used for the treatment of specific issues such as:
- Lower back pain
- Muscle injury rehabilitation such as sports-related injuries, whiplash, falls
- Limited mobility
- Neck pain
- Postural problems
- Muscle stiffness/tightness
- OA (osteoarthritis pain)
- Piriformis syndrome
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Reduces Chronic Pain
Deep tissue massage therapy has demonstrated promising results for the treatment of chronic pain. Since the technique softens muscle tissues and gently releases tight clusters of tissues, it improves blood circulation throughout the body, in turn reducing muscular inflammations that cause pain.
Improves Blood Pressure
Due to its relaxing benefits, deep tissue massage therapy improves blood circulation and helps keep the blood pressure under control. According to research conducted by the University of Maryland, deep tissue massage can help the body produce more of the hormone serotonin, responsible for promoting feelings of happiness, thereby relieving stress and pain, and helping the person stay calm.
Improve Range of Motion
Regular massage therapy can help heal the stiffness and pain caused by scar tissues by improving blood circulation, flexibility and range of motion in the affected areas.
To make the most of deep tissue therapy, it is recommended to discuss your medical condition and expectations of the procedure with your therapist to make sure you’re well informed and have realistic expectations of the process and the results.