Deep tissue massage is a specialized form massage therapy that concentrates on the muscle and fascia tissues. It is a massage technique executed using slow and deliberate firm strokes and applying deep pressure.
Knots, also known as adhesions, which are bands of rigid tissue, tend to build up in ligaments, tendons and muscles soon after injuries or periods of chronic muscle tension. These knots may be responsible for pain, blocked circulation (of nutrients and oxygen) in the body, muscle inflammation and limited mobility.
Deep Tissue Massage on the Biological Level
Deep tissue massage physically breaks down these adhesions, working through layer by layer of tension that builds in the body tissues. The person receiving the massage has to relax their muscles first, which will enable the therapist to reach the deepest layers of connective tissue and muscle.
The masseuse will use massage oils and apply direct pressure to break down the knots. Deep tissue massage involves the use of fingers, elbows, knuckles and other massage tools or devices, which may be wooden, ceramic or made of glass for better muscle penetration. The slow strokes translate to longer durations over one spot, clearing any adhesions in that area.
Deep tissue massage therapy reduces stiffness and tension in joints, ligaments, tendons and muscle by breaking knots. These stiff adhesions can be quite painful, and the massage therapy provides pain relief as well as managing the pain where the pain is chronic. It also adds to muscle flexibility and suppleness, which restores mobility as well as allowing for an increased range of motion.
Overcoming Injuries with Massage Therapy
Athletes can relate to how frustrating process injury rehabilitation can get. Deep tissue massage therapy compliments standard injury rehabilitation techniques for quicker recovery, from sprained ankles to broken or dislodged bones.
The massage therapy helps flush lactic acid and other toxins and metabolic waste from your muscle. Doing so allows for better circulation of blood that is both oxygen-rich and full of nutrients to the injured area that helps in repairing damaged tissue. This enhanced level of blood flow in the body reduces the time it takes for injuries to heal.
Deep tissue massage therapy also aids in accelerating the recovery process by alleviating and managing the pain. It does this by shifting the focus of the injured person from perpetual anxiety and soreness to gaining energy necessary for a healthy recovery. Even after recovery, massaging against the grain helps to get rid of muscle scar tissue. Make an appointment for a session with a massage therapist to enjoy the numerous benefits of deep tissue massage.
This article was contributed by the Bloomington, IL massage therapy center:
N8 Touch Massage
2501 East College Avenue
Bloomington, IL 61704
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