Here's everything you need to know about this massage everyone is talking about.
You have probably heard about this new trend, so here you'll have all the information you need.
What is a deep-tissue massage?
This 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 muscles and connective tissues. This treatment helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduces tension in muscle and tissue.
Benefits of deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage offers both physical and psychological benefits. This treatment focuses on relaxation. Deep tissue massage helps to treat muscle pain and improve stiffness. It can also help you relax mentally.
A 2014 study found that deep tissue massage helped to reduce pain in people with a chronic low back. This was compared with the effects on those of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen.
Deep tissue massage can also help with:
- Sports injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- High blood pressure
- Tennis elbow
Are there any side effects?
It’s quite usual to have some soreness for a few days after a deep tissue massage session. To relieve it, you can use a heating pad or a cold pack wrapped in a towel.
Though massage therapy is generally safe, deep tissue massage uses very firm pressure and may not be safe for every person. So, be sure to speak to your doctor before having a deep tissue massage if you:
- Have a history of blood clots or a clotting disorder
- Are taking blood thinners
- Have a bleeding disorder
- Have cancer or are undergoing cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation
- Are pregnant
- Have osteoporosis
- Have an open wound or skin infection of any kind
Deep tissue massage is ideal for those who practice highly physical activities, such as running or also for those who have an injury or chronic pain. If you are just looking for a relief of tense muscles, you can try a Swedish massage, which is gentler.
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