Unlike most of the other forms of massage, deep tissue massage is designed to specifically treat issues that you might have with your musculoskeletal system. Where therapeutic style massages will primarily focus on relaxation through somewhat gentle touch (depending on the style, of course), deep tissue massage benefits users by focusing more on the muscle, connective tissue, and other parts of the musculoskeletal system through deep, slow pressure.
Because of this deeper pressure, we are often approached with the question of, “Why do deep tissue massages hurt?” However, the answer to the question is technically the reason why deep tissue massages may be uncomfortable for some people – it’s because the massage is working to reduce pain without forcing you to rely solely on pain medication. In fact, a study in 2014 found that this type of massage worked on a similar level to some anti-inflammatory medications.
Deep Tissue Massage Benefits
When joints in your body swell due to injuries like dislocations, previously broken bones, ligament tears, and more, deep tissue massage can work wonders on that painful inflammation. It should be noted, however, that it isn’t advised to get the deep tissue massage over an area where certain injuries like dislocations or broken bones are still present – please wait until that part of the body is safe for touch or movement.
Increases Blood Flow
Promoting better circulation has a direct, positive impact on your organs’ functions and helps your cells repair and grow. Likewise, your skin benefits greatly from increased circulation, which will not only give you that “healthy glow” people are often looking for, but healthier skin also means your body can better fight off infection and bad bacterias. Furthermore, better circulation means your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to push blood through your system, which leads to lower, more regulated blood pressure.
Promotes Faster Healing
Due to the increased blood flow and reduction in inflammation that deep tissue massages offer, a number of injuries will heal notably faster than if the affected area(s) go untreated.
Helps With a Variety of Health Issues
There are quite a few health problems and types of injuries that deep tissue massage has shown to help heal or relieve, including but not limited to:
- High blood pressure
- Joint sprains
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow
Because of the nature of deep tissue massages and since they can take a few days for the effects to become fully apparent, multiple deep tissue massages over a short period of time will have diminishing returns for each session. For the majority of people, the highest frequency you should get deep tissue massages is once a week, but even that often may be too much. It is generally best to have deep tissue massages once every two weeks.
On the other hand, those who live particularly physical lives like athletes or those who work in more physical trades such as carpentry, construction, or home moving, this type of massage technique still offers many benefits at a higher frequency. Still, twice weekly is the highest rate that we would suggest anyone gets a deep tissue massage.
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