Deep tissue massage has more benefits than just stress relief.
First, let’s understand what deep tissue massage is?
Deep tissue massage is comprised of special techniques of applying pressure to reduce knots and scar tissue along the muscle’s fibres of the back and body. It can be used to treat specific health conditions or health concerns like sciatica, tennis elbow, neck pain, osteoarthritis pain and many others.
It helps to break up the toxins and loosen up the metabolic waste that has been accumulating in your body’s muscles. For this treatment massage therapists use their hands, elbows, fingers, knuckles, and forearms.
Why deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage can help provide relief of small or large muscle injuries and chronic problems.
People suffering from chronic muscle tension or injury can be prone to adhesion or formation of knots which form in muscle fibres. These knots can be very painful and it can hinder the blood flow in the body leading to many problems.
Benefits of Deep tissue massage
1. Mood booster and stress relief
Deep tissue massage triggers oxytocin and serotonin which helps to relax and improve a person’s mood. The treatment will also help to reduce stress producing hormones.
2. Improves Blood Flow
Applying pressure on the muscles helps improve blood flow. The increased and enhanced blood flow can help to relieve muscle tension and reduce soreness.
This technique is used as a rehabilitation option. Application of pressure, twisting and stretching of muscles helps the body recover and induces healing. This can promote a greater range of motion in previously damaged muscles of the body and ease the pain associated with chronic disorders.
4. Motion and Mobility
Deep tissue massage is all about benefiting the muscles of the body. If the muscles are not tuned properly, it can limit your mobility. Deep tissue massage can help to make movement easier and promote a greater range of motion.
How to Prepare for Deep Tissue Treatment
Drink plenty of water before and after a massage, staying hydrated will help flush out the toxins released during the massage. Stretching before going for any kind of massage can also be beneficial, as it will help boost your blood flow.
Be sure to communicate with your therapist, let them know where the pain is or what the problems you are having are. That way they can use the appropriate and best technique to help ease the pain.
Try to come early for your first appointment with the massage therapist so that you have time to fill out any forms that are required, ask any questions and mentally prepare.
What to Expect After a Deep Tissue Massage
After a deep tissue treatment you can expect some soreness and stiffness in the muscles that have been treated. Make sure that you drink lots of water and avoid doing heavy exercises after a massage. The therapist may also suggest putting ice on the affected areas or have a hot water bath depending on the type of treatment.