The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

Benefits of Deep Tissue MassageMany people like to go get massages to relax. After all, they can work out all the tension in muscles and leave you feeling like a new person after a good session. However most people get a light massage treatment which does not penetrate very deeply into the muscles. If you really want to experience the benefits, you need to have a deep tissue treatment that will really get to the heart of your muscle pain and tension.

Deep tissue is perfect for chronic pain because it focuses on the underlying muscles and ligaments that could be at the root of your problem. Rather than incorporating light touches and surface treatments, deep tissue actively kneads away knots using slow, deep strokes across the large major muscle groups in your body. The idea here is to completely stretch out the muscles so that they don’t automatically constrict and go back to being taut all the time.

Before any treatment is started, the therapist will evaluate what areas of your body have shortened muscles. These muscle fibers will be what is focused on. Often areas that are emphasized in treatment are the neck and shoulders, because these are areas people tense up a lot when sitting at a desk for long periods of time. Computer users are especially vulnerable. Dealing with stress can also contribute to shortened muscle fibers.

So what separates deep tissue massage from lighter forms? That’s a good question. While lighter forms will focus on broad strokes with medium pressure, deep tissue uses much more precise tools to get to the muscles like the fingertips and elbows. Also, a larger amount of pressure is applied to each area. While deep tissue will ultimately leave you feeling very relaxed because it does get rid of all those knots in your muscles, the process of getting such a massage can be quite painful, especially if you have an injury or you just are experiencing a lot of muscle soreness.

You can think of deep tissue is a kind stimulus as well because it improves blood flow to the muscles and allows nutrients to get to them more effectively as it is also tasked with flushing out toxins. Here’s one more way to think of it. Light treatments are designed to relax your body. Deep tissue treatments are used for managing pain. Only you know for certain what type you need.

About Doug Powell

Doug Powell, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Florida offering Swedish, deep tissue, sports and therapeutic massage therapy. He is a graduate of the Orlando Institute of Massage Therapy where he finished his studies at the top of his class. He has practiced professional massage therapy in Orlando since 1996 and is a member of the Massage Network and International Massage Association. If you suffer from chronic muscle tension, pain or persistent stress, discover how my professional services can help you! Get Well and Stay Well My goal as a natural health care practitioner is to encourage the body and mind to regain and maintain their normal function. Indeed, when you create health, dis-ease disappears. As you help the body regain it’s normal function, many health problems resolve naturally. Some of the conditions I have successfully worked with include: low back pain joint pain neck and shoulder pain chronic low energy/weakness stress overload Is This Work Right for You? People come to me for a variety of reasons. For many, a weekly massage serves as an antidote to stress or as a recuperative phase of their fitness program. Others are looking for help with chronic pain or injuries. The services I offer are tailored to meet your needs whether you are ill, in tip-top shape, or somewhere in between. The goal is to increase your wellness: your vitality, your ease of movement, the function of your body, and your peace of mind.
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