Massage has been around for centuries, with stress relief being the primary acknowledged health benefit, not until recent years have a wide variety of health benefits become attributed to massage therapy. Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that offers targeted muscle pain relief for those afflicted with fibromyalgia, chronic muscle pain, arthritis, tendonitis or soft tissue injury, in addition to increasing muscle mobility and promoting healing for injured muscles..
Deep Tissue Massage Techniques
Deep tissue massage applies more pressure during the massage session than other forms of massage to allow the massage therapist to work deep into the sub-layers of the afflicted muscle groups. The massage pressure will be applied across the grain of the muscle to relieve chronic muscle pain and breakup scar tissue deep within a targeted muscle group.
A deep tissue massage therapist may use their elbow during a massage session or lean over their client using their body weight as leverage so they can reach deep into the muscles with the massage.
A deep tissue massage can present mild to moderate discomfort during the massage session due to the strong pressure often needed to work out the tension seated deep within specific muscle groups. Muscle soreness is usually experienced by massage clients for the first day or two after the deep tissue massage.
Health Benefits Of Deep Tissue Massage
Patients who suffer from deep seated muscle tension and pain like those who suffer from fibromyalgia, chronic muscle pain or fatigue, muscle cramps and tendonitis often find pain relief with deep tissue massage therapy. The pressure applied to painful muscle groups during the massage stimulates circulation to the area and helps reduce muscle tension and promote healing. Those who have a limited range of motion and muscle stiffness due to injury or arthritis can often achieve a wider range of motion and muscle relaxation with the use of deep tissue massage.
The purpose of deep tissue massage is to elongate the muscle fiber and loosen that hard to budge tension that’s deep within the muscle. Athletes have long been the recipients of deep tissue massages to relieve muscle pain and promote healing of over used muscles, to increase mobility and keep the muscles loose.
A deep tissue massage will also release toxins that have built up with the muscles and promotes increased blood and oxygen circulation to the massaged muscle group to promote healing of soft tissue injuries.