Deep tissue therapy is a form of massage therapy that targets deeper layers of muscle tissues and the fascia, a layer that surrounds the muscles and joints. To get to these muscles, firmer and harder pressure and slow strokes are required.
While this type of massage may give you some discomfort, it’s incredibly effective in promoting overall health. In fact, deep tissue therapy is commonly performed on athletes, people recovering from injury, and those with chronic muscle pain, mobility problems, and muscle tension.
Here are the benefits of deep tissue therapy.
While the massage itself can be gritty and slightly painful because of the hard pressure applied on the muscles, deep tissue therapy is designed to ease pain according to one study. It found that deep tissue massage to posterior calf muscles partnered with the patient’s stretching exercises reduced the pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
Helps Lower Blood Pressure
A study that included people who received deep tissue massage showed that their blood pressure and heart rate lowered. Thus, deep tissue therapy can help manage hypertension and its complications. However, more in-depth research is required to explain its mechanism.
People get stressed very often. It could be from work, school, or relationships. An estimated 60%–80% of doctor’s visits are stress related, as noted in a 2003 study in the Journal of the National Medical Association. Deep tissue massage can help ease stress by promoting the release of the “happy hormone” oxytocin, which relaxes the body. Unresolved stress can do significant damage to your mental and physical health, so it’s important to treat it as soon as possible.
Makes Movement Easier
Scars form when our body is injured and heals; they limit the mobility of the affected area. Most scars come from a visible cut or wound, but there are also deeper cuts, such as muscle, ligament, and tendon damage. These deep scars can benefit from deep tissue massage by “breaking up” the scar tissue and releasing the tension, which is the cause of pain, rigidity, and inflammation. It stimulates the blood flow and reduces the inflammation, resulting in pain alleviation and ease of movement.
Massage is often performed to relieve many types of arthritis. Patients usually massage their joints to ease the terrible suffering caused by arthritis. However, a firmer massage with more weight than an ordinary light massage is needed to significantly reduce arthritic pain. These patients need deep tissue therapy to target the deeper tissues and joints that are affected by arthritis. Relief can be felt in just a matter of minutes.
Deep tissue massage is more than just pressure and strokes. A good therapist can carefully realign and loosen up your muscle tissues to regain their optimum function. If you have been suffering from chronic pains and muscle tension for a long time now, give deep tissue therapy a try. It could be your solution to a hassle- and pain-free life!