Deep Tissue Massage
What is a Deep Tissue massage?
While many experts believe the origin of Deep Tissue massage lies in Egypt, modern history can trace it back to the mid 19th century Canada, where Deep Tissue massage was used to treat injuries such as whiplash. By the end of the 19th century this massage technique had spread to the US where it only grew in popularity.
Now most commonly used to treat muscle strain and sports injuries Deep Tissue massage uses slow deep strokes, to apply a continuous pressure to the interior layers of muscle and connective tissue. Using their hands, elbows and forearms to assist them, your therapist will assess your muscles before deciding on the best course of treatment for you.
They will then use a specific set of techniques to release adhesions, heal tissues fibres and strengthen your muscles.
What are the benefits of getting a Deep Tissue massage at home?
The many benefits to getting a Deep Tissue massage, include the treatment and pain management of conditions such as- chronic lower back pain, chronic neck problems fibromyalgia and arthritis. The pressure used during a Deep Tissue massage will loosen the tight tissue clusters and relieve the muscle tension causing the pain.
Lowers Blood Pressure - A 2008 study into the effects of Deep tissue massage on adults with high blood pressure, showed Deep tissue to have a positive effect on all 263 volunteers. They all had reductions in systolic pressure, arterial pressure and an average reduction of 10.8 beats per minute in heart rate.
Breaks Down Scar Tissue - While scarring is seen externally as the body's natural healing process, the scar tissue can also form internally following a muscle or ligament injury. Deep tissue helps to break down the scar tissues and increase the speed of muscle recovery by: reducing the automatic stress response, stimulating blood flow and reducing inflammation and muscle spasms.
Enhanced Athletic Performance - Even though there has been no exact studies on Deep tissue massages effects on joint and muscle rehabilitation, studies have shown it to help with enhanced performance and the prevention of injury. This is due to the slow deep strokes helping to reduce muscle tension and increase blood flow.
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