Three Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage
The name “deep tissue massage” seems self-explanatory. Indeed, this type of massage therapy does work more deeply into the muscles, as well as the tendons and ligament surrounding them. Your registered massage therapist applies moderate pressure into these deeper layers to break down adhesions and scar tissue. What is less obvious from the name is the benefits deep tissue massage provides.
Deep tissue massage is as effective as standard medical treatments in treating chronic low back pain, and the relief was long-lasting. It also helps with other pain-related conditions, like fibromyalgia and plantar fasciitis.
Massage therapy relieves the pain of tension headaches, too. In one study, it reduced the frequency of headaches as well as the duration of each headache. As for muscle spasms, they are not only painful, but they’re also annoying. A deep tissue massage loosens up those muscles, relaxes them, and helps with the pain.
Makes Movement Freer
When scar tissue forms in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, it restricts movement to some degree. Deep massage can break down the scar tissue, allowing for freer movement and a more full range of motion.
Reduces Anxiety and Depression
It’s commonly known that massage helps with stress and anxiety. It not only changes the way you feel, but it also lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. What many people don’t realize is that massage also helps with depression. It does this by changing your biochemistry, reducing cortisol levels and increasing serotonin and dopamine.
Deep tissue massage can be extremely helpful for these and many other conditions. Yet, it isn’t right for everyone. For example, if you’re on blood-thinning medication and/or are prone to blood clots, your registered massage therapist might suggest a different type of massage.
The best way to decide what type of massage therapy to get is to talk to a registered massage therapist. At Davie Village, our RMTs are here to help. They’ll get your medical history, ask you what issues you’re having, and evaluate your physical condition. Once they have all that information, they’ll talk to you about massage treatment options and develop a treatment plan.