All You Need To Know About A Deep Tissue Massage
What is a deep tissue massage?
As the name suggests, a deep tissue massage therapy is a specific technique that focuses on the deepest layers of muscles, tendons and fascia (protective layer around the muscles, joints and bones). A deep tissue massage involves slow but firm strokes and deep finger pressure. Many doctors and physiotherapists recommend this type of therapy for treating various conditions such as chronic pain, stress etc.
What are the benefits of a deep tissue massage?
There are several scientifically proven benefits of deep tissue massage therapy, which include but are not limited to the following:
1) Drop in blood pressure: A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary medicine concluded that when test subjects underwent a deep tissue massage for 45 to 60 minutes, their blood pressure dropped. Other studies have also reported similar findings. One study specifically reported an average decrease of 10.4 mm Hg in the systolic pressure and 5.3 mm Hg in the diastolic pressure. Regular sessions of deep tissue massage can be highly beneficial for you if you suffer from high blood pressure. This form of therapy is totally safe and unlike conventional medicines, it has no side effects whatsoever. On the contrary, you will feel radiant and youthful after the experience.
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2) Reduction in chronic pain: People who suffer from chronic pain just learn to live with it. It severely affects their quality of life and hampers their ability to perform mundane tasks such as driving, lifting shopping bags etc. The conventional approach to treating chronic pain involves pain killers and if those don’t work – often surgery may be recommended. As you may already know, pain killer tablets have serious side effects on the human body. They don’t really alleviate the pain – they just corrupt the brain signals so that they cannot register the pain. A person who is on pain killers usually feels drowsy and this prevents him/her from driving, performing to full potential at school/work, operating machinery etc.
Why go through all this trouble when you can opt for disuse tissue massage therapy to get rid of chronic pain? Not only is this form of treatment less expensive, but it is often more effective and has no side effects. A deep tissue massage increases oxygen-rich blood supply to all parts of the body. Oxygen is the basis of all life – it enables the muscles and tissues to heal rapidly. Proper blood circulation also decreases inflammation and loosens up tight clusters of tissues.
3) Removal of scar tissue and rehabilitation of muscles after surgery or injury: Deep tissue massage can break up and even totally remove scar tissue through lymphatic circulation and drainage of toxins. It can also help improve range of motion and flexibility of the joints and/or muscles. This type of therapy is often recommended as a treatment for sports-related injuries and for rehabilitation of muscles after surgery.
4) Stress relief: When muscles are stimulated, the brain releases stress relieving hormones such as oxytocin and serotonin. These hormones considerably improve mood and eliminate depression.
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