What is a deep tissue massage?
A deep tissue massage is a massage technique that helps treat musculoskeletal conditions. It involves the application of sustained pressure through slow and deep kneading while targeting the inner layers of your muscle and connective tissues.
A deep tissue massage helps decrease the tissue scar and muscle spasms. It also reduces muscle tension and stiffness. This type of massage is ideal for treating pain and discomfort in major muscle areas, thus, providing many therapeutic benefits to the body.
Here are 5 proven benefits of deep tissue massage:
#1 Muscle Pain Treatment
A study showed that compared to other therapeutic massage, deep tissue massage provided significant improvement in treating chronic back pain. The study showed that the 30-minute deep tissue massage used oblique pressure technique. It also used a combination lengthening and cross-fiber strokes.
A similar study in 2014 compared the use of deep tissue massage and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug in relieving pain. It was proven that a deep tissue massage has more positive effects in providing relief to patients suffering from chronic pain syndrome.
#2 Stabilizes Blood Pressure
In one study about deep tissue massage, it was proven that adults with high blood pressure enjoyed a more stabilized blood pressure and pulsation after 45-60 minutes of deep tissue massage. The study also showed positive effects on systolic, diastolic and mean arterial blood pressure readings in adults with high blood pressure symptoms.
#3 Reduces Anxiety and Stress
What is oxytocin?
Oxytocin is a primary hormone responsible for providing relaxation and soothing relief to the body. It promotes sustainable social bonds in humans while boosting motivation for cooperative behaviors.
When there is an increased level of oxytocin, the body is relieved from stress and anxiety. Some mechanisms in deep tissue massage’s natural stress relieving effects include the ability to dilate blood vessels and to lower the activity of the limbic system.
#4 Alleviate Symptoms of Arthritis
According to the Arthritis Foundation, deep tissue massage is designed to address severe tension or pain in the muscles and connective tissues. Arthritic symptoms including chronic joint pain, stiffness, anxiety, limited joint motions and lack of sleep may be relieved by firm massages such as a deep tissue massage.
The use of firm and slow strokes in deep tissue massage resulted in a significant reduction in pain and discomfort caused by arthritis.
#5 Promotes Athletic Recovery
A research published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness showed a positive trend for deep tissue massage in promoting athletic performance and recovery. A deep tissue massage for an athlete is commonly performed prior to athletic events. This can help athletes warm up their body and prevent the risks of sustaining injuries.
Deep tissue massages after an athletic event or competition can help promote athletic recovery especially athletes who have sustained sports injuries. The research also showed that deep tissue massages improves lactate clearance, delayed onset of muscle soreness and muscle fatigue. It also promotes injury prevention and boosts injury treatment and healing process.
These are just 5 of the many proven benefits of a deep tissue massage. Other benefits of a deep tissue massage includes rehabilitation of injured muscles, increase joint mobility, improved posture and alleviating inflammation.
Deep tissue massage also provides relief in the following conditions:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Osteoarthritis pain
- Tennis elbow
- Piriformis syndrome
A deep tissue massage can also be used as complementary therapy for labor pains especially during a natural birthing process. The anxiety-lowering effects of a deep tissue massage helps reduce depression and alleviates pain along the legs and the back.
A deep tissue massage can help you escape daily stress and promoting relaxation and good blood circulation. Visit Day Break Massage in Charlotte for a relaxing, energizing and rejuvenating deep tissue massage.