Deep Tissue | Neuromuscular Massage Benefits and What to Expect

What is Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduce tension in muscle and tissue.

It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.

Releasing Muscle Tension

When your body tells you that you are experiencing pain in a certain part, you take steps to alleviate the pain. The first option when in pain is to reach for a painkiller, but over time, this can cause the mind and body to go out of sync. A procedure that does away with the pain and concentrates on deeper issues is what you should be looking for, for sure. A deep tissue massage is a form of therapy that manipulates the deeper layers of the muscles in the body and soft tissues. With the use of warm oils, the licensed massage therapist starts by relaxing the top layers of muscles and slowing work his/her magic to the deeper muscular tissues underneath the surface. This therapeutic session or sessions minimizes back pain, sciatica, loosens the knots in the calves or arms. People experiencing a stiff neck will benefit with this and ironing out the shoulder blades from excessive pain through deep penetration of the muscles in the region does away with the tension.

What to Expect During a Deep Tissue Massage

At the very first session, the therapist will try to find out the cause of the problem. It may take a couple of sessions before the patient feels comfortable with the therapist without subconsciously resisting the work. Muscles, as a rule, have a way of resisting pain but when there is a trigger through pressure in the region, the group of muscles or a particular muscle will scream in agony. The reason why deep tissue massage works well is that the patient feels a sense of relaxation and the tension is slowly eased away with a caring touch. Every individual has a certain sense of tolerance to pain. Some people may react favorably at the very first session, while others, depending on their ability to handle pain, may react quite differently. The licensed therapist will know which button to push, whether it is myofascial release or a neuromuscular therapy. The former concentrates on lengthening the connective tissue and stretching the parts that need stretching. The therapist working on neuromuscular therapy creates the balance between the muscles and the central nervous system.

What Are the Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage?

Deep tissue massage offers both physical and psychological benefits. Unlike other massage techniques that focus on relaxation, deep tissue massage helps to treat muscle pain and improve stiffness. But it can still help to you unwind mentally, too.

A 2014 study involving 59 participants found that deep tissue massage helped to reduce pain in people with chronic low back. The authors likened its effects to those of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen.

People have also reported that deep tissue massage helps with:

  • Sports injuries

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • High blood pressure

  • Sciatica

  • Tennis elbow

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