How Does Deep Tissue Massage Work?
Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage, but pressure is applied more deeply. This form of massage is especially beneficial for those that are suffering from chronic muscle tension. That is because the focus is placed on the deepest layers of the tendons, muscle tissue, and fascia (the protective layer surrounding bones, joints, and muscles).
A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that the blood pressure of participants fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage session. Furthermore, the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry published a 2010 meta-analysis that showed the stress reducing benefits of deep tissue massage. By reducing stress, cortisol is lowered. Ciortisol is a stress hormone that can lead to such issues as weight gain.
During the session, your massage therapist will use knuckles, fingertips, elbows, hands, and forearms. As the therapist works on tense areas, you may be asked to breathe deeply. It’s common to feel some stiffness or soreness right after, but it subsides after a day or so. Drinking water after the massage helps the body flush metabolic waste that is released by the body’s tissues during the massage.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
deep tissue massage typically focuses on a specific issue, such as low back pain or chronic muscle pain. Other conditions that benefit from this type of massage therapy include:
- Injury rehabilitation
- Limited mobility
- Repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Recovery from injuries such as falls or whiplash
- Tennis elbow
- Postural issues
- Piriformis syndrome
- Neck and upper back pain
- Muscle tension in hamstrings, IT band, glutes, quadriceps, legs, upper back, and rhomboids
Athletic individuals can also greatly benefit from deep tissue massage. Consumer Reports magazine reported that 34,000 people said deep tissue massage was more effective in the relief of osteoarthritis pain than exercise, physical therapy, medications, diet, chiropractic care, and other alternative therapies.
Deep tissue massage has also gained notoriety for being an effective treatment for fibromyalgia pain. Most people notice that their range of motion improves immediately after a session.
Contact An Experienced Fort Worth Massage Therapist
A massage of the deep tissues of the body is more than just massage using deep pressure. This is a highly focused type of massage that can help specific conditions. Be sure to communicate what is going on with your body so Beth can ensure you get the most out of your massage. To learn more, call 817-382-1289 or BOOK NOW.