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Deep Tissue Massage- A Deeper Understanding

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Deep Tissue Massage- A Deeper Understanding

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is a type (modality) of massage therapy. Deep tissue goes deeper into the layers of muscles and fascia than Swedish massage. It is especially beneficial for chronically tight and tense areas. Many people love the benefits of deep tissue for conditions such as neck pain, shoulder and upper back pain, low back pain, and tight and cramping legs.

Many of the same strokes are used as Swedish Massage therapy, but the movement is slower and more firm. The pressure is deeper and more concentrated on the specific areas of pain.

What does Deep Tissue Massage Accomplish?

Essentially, deep tissue massage unwinds angry fascia. Fascia is your connective tissue. When there is chronic tension or damage from injury in your body, there are usually adhesion’s. Adhesion’s are better known as “scar tissue”. These clumps of rigid tissue in muscles, tendons, and ligaments cause chronic pain. Adhesion’s also contribute to limited range of motion. Scar tissue often impedes circulation and creates inflammation.

Deep tissue massage works by warming up the tissue. This warming physically breaks down adhesion’s and there-by ultimately relieves pain.

Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

There are many benefits of deep tissue massage. Not only has deep tissue massage been proven to speed the healing of injuries and increase range of motion it has been shown to be very effective at relieving arthritis pain and fibromyalgia.

Research Shows

According to the August 2005 issue of Consumer Reports magazine, a study of 34,000 people suffering from osteoarthritis pain ranked deep tissue massage more effective at relieving their pain than; physical exercise, prescription medications, chiropractic, acupuncture, diet, glucosamine and over the counter drugs.

Deep tissue massage can also lower heart rate and blood pressure; based on a study published in http://thetherapyhousekc.com/massage-kansas-city/2008 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. This study involved 263 participants who reported muscle spasm or strain. Each individual’s blood pressure and heart rate was assessed prior to a 45 to 60-minute deep tissue massage, as well as after. The result was lower systolic and diastolic pressure, as well as heart rates around 10 beats LESS per minute.

How to Maximize the Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

First and foremost, choose a skilled therapist.  Communicate openly with your therapist during your session and remember to breathe deeply. Your muscles need lots of oxygen to to release. Breathing deeply also has a relaxing effect on the whole body.

The Therapy House Difference

At The Therapy House we specialize in deep tissue and pain management. We understand that every body is different and one size doesn’t fit all. We successfully address this reality by offering a blended experience. Utilizing deep tissue techniques alone isn’t adequate.  So we incorporate Swedish strokes, Myofascial Release, Structural Integration and more to assist the body to let go of pain and tension.

Additionally, after your massage you may experience some stiffness or pain. This is normal and will subside in a day or two but can be avoided. We recommend that you follow a few tried and true methods for post deep tissue massage recovery. Begin by hydrating well the day of and post days of massage. Good hydration all the time will ease general aches and pains. Follow this with a detox bath. We recommend a bath of Epsom salts or Himalayan salts the day of your massage for maximum results. Any remaining areas of discomfort post session can benefit from a cold compress being applied to the area for no longer than twenty minutes.





Jordan Woodson

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