If you want treatment for a musculoskeletal issue such as a sports injury or strain, then deep tissue massage is an ideal treatment option. During a deep tissue massage, sustained pressure with deep, slow strokes is used to target the muscles’ connective tissues and inner layers. As a result, the scar tissues that form in the muscles after an injury are broken up, and the tension in the tissue and muscle is released. Along with this, deep tissue massage can also help to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation, both of which can promote faster healing.
What are the Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage offers a range of benefits for your body and mind. It is not a massage technique that mainly focuses on relaxation, though. A deep tissue massage is designed to improve stiffness and help treat pain in the muscles. However, it can lead to greater relaxation after and benefit your mental health and well-being, helping you to unwind.
One study found that people with chronic lower back pain found deep tissue massage as effective as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen. Deep tissue massage can also benefit people suffering from a range of conditions including high blood pressure, sports injuries, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, and sciatica. If you are interested in trying it out for yourself, get deep tissue massages in Bristol at Ben Tolson Massage Therapy.
How to Prepare for a Deep Tissue Massage
If you have decided to give deep tissue massage a try or have been recommended it to treat any health issues you are currently experiencing, then the first step is to speak to the massage therapist about any problem areas that you have. You can have a deep tissue massage that covers the entire body or just focuses on one area that you need to pay special attention to. You will need to lie on your back or stomach under a sheet or towel, with the area to be worked on exposed. Your muscles will first be warmed up; the massage therapist will use a lighter touch to start with in order to achieve this. Once your muscles have been warmed up successfully, they will then start to work on any problem areas with varying levels of intense pressure.
Does Deep Tissue Massage Have Any Side Effects?
It’s not uncommon to have some soreness that might linger for a few days after having a deep tissue massage. If you are feeling sore, you might find that a cold pack wrapped in a towel, or a heating pad applied to the area can help. Deep tissue massage uses very firm pressure, therefore might not be safe for everybody including people who are taking blood thinners, people with bleeding disorders, and people who have a history of blood clots. If any of these apply to you, you should speak to your doctor before getting deep tissue massage.
Deep tissue massage is designed to treat injuries and other physical problems. It is more about treatment than relaxation but can be very beneficial.