Deep tissue massage targets the layers of muscle tissue in the body that are commonly not reached by other forms of massages. This approach promises to relax, lengthen and release stressed muscles to treat conditions and speed recovery.
The common effects of deep tissue massage include reduced pain and discomfort. Deep manipulation helps remove the tension in muscles and to free up those stuck in uncomfortable holding patterns.
The massage focuses on the neck, lower back, joints and tendons. Deep tissue massage has more benefits to offer. Read on to know how you can enjoy such a slow but deep approach.
Deep Tissue Massage Benefits
Reduces Chronic Back Pain
In a study that compared deep tissue massage with therapeutic massage, researchers found that former provides better results in patients suffering from chronic back pain.
Patients reported improvements after 10 days of receiving a combination of lengthening and cross-fiber strokes and “oblique pressure.” Another study in 2017 showed deep tissue massage could treat ankylosing spondylitis, a form of arthritis affecting the spine, according to DrAxe.com.
Reduces Blood Pressure
Previous research suggested that deep tissue massage could help manage blood pressure readings in adults with pain and high blood pressure symptoms. Study participants showed improvements after 45 to 60 minutes of massage treatment.
The approach also returned their heart rate to normal.
Reduced Scar Tissue and Adhesions
Another benefit of deep tissue massage is reducing newly forming scar tissue due to injury. The massage stimulates blood flow that lowers inflammation and muscle spasms and allows good flow of oxygen to the muscles.
Helps With Labor Pain and Delivery
Pregnant women can try deep tissue massage before and during labor to manage pain. The approach provides anxiety-lowering effects and helps reduce leg and back pain.
Research also suggested that deep manipulation could help protect women from excessive fetal activity and reduce the risk for premature delivery.
Treats Arthritis Symptoms
The Arthritis Foundation considers massage as a treatment for common symptoms of many types of arthritis. The massages that use more pressure, like deep tissue massage, could reduce arthritis pain compared to lighter massages.
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