The language of the body is that of Trauma and Healing. The amazing regenerative properties of the body on its own are not always prepared to fully heal some of the physical traumas that may have accumulated through injuries, medical procedures, and chronic muscle tension over the years. These traumas often take the form of adhesions, which are bands of painful, rigid tissue in tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Adhesions often block proper blood circulation, which leads to limited mobility, inflammation, and pain. Healing these traumas through the application of Deep Tissue Massage may be right for you.
Application of Massage
This method of addressing these traumas works by breaking down adhesions to improve normal joint mobility and to alleviate pain by using massage oil to apply direct and deep pressure from your therapist’s experienced fingertips, knuckles, and hands, forearms, and elbows, to the areas of concern. Deep Tissue Massage concentrates on realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The therapeutic movements employed are similar to normal massage strokes but they are slower and heavier pressure is applied deeper and is focused on the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia – the connective tissue surrounding the muscles.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
The unique relaxation experience of a Deep Tissue Massage will quickly get to your head. It can cause the release of the neurotransmitters oxytocin and serotonin, which elevates the mood and further promotes relaxation. Cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, is reduced to a healthy level and your heart rate will fall to a lower rate, further relaxing the body. Aside from reducing chronic pain, the rehabilitation of injured areas also takes place. A lifetime of physical activity can take its toll on the body and a Deep Tissue Massage can reduce muscle soreness, tightness, and spasms that occur throughout muscles in the body.
Is Deep Tissue Massage the Right Approach for Your Healing?
Deep Tissue work is very effective in treating a wide array of common body ailments and conditions. The list is not limited to: Injury Rehabilitation; Postural Issues; Sciatica; Osteoarthritis Pain; Limited Joint Mobility; Lower Back Pain; Muscle Tension in the neck, upper back, shoulders, quadriceps, IT Band, hamstrings, and glutes; Piriformis Syndrome; Fibromyalgia; Tennis Elbow; Sites of Muscle Spasm, Injuries of Repetitive Strain such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Post-Exercise Relief; and other Chronic Pains.
When to Act
It is a good idea to begin Deep Tissue Massage as soon as you are ready to commit to a therapeutic treatment plan. However, there are some circumstances in which you may need to wait for the ideal physical conditions to occur. If you are susceptible to blood clots there is a certain risk of blood clots becoming dislodged. Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in America and your doctor should be consulted before treatment if you are at risk for Coronary Artery Disease. You will want to ask your doctor if you are ready for Deep Tissue Massage if you recently underwent chemotherapy or radiation treatment, if you are pregnant, if you have osteoporosis, or if you recently had a major surgery. Unhealed wounds, recently fractured areas, abdominal hernia, Inflamed skin, Infectious skin rashes and skin diseases, or open wounds may need to be medically treated before your body is ready for massage.
What is the Most Effective Way to Relieve Osteoarthritis Pain?
Arthritis is a debilitating chronic pain that affects a substantial amount of people as they age. A survey of 34,000 people by Consumer Reports Magazine declared Deep Tissue Massage was more effective at treating osteoarthritis pain than the use of prescription medications and over the counter drugs, glucosamine, physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, and diet and exercise. Regular use of Deep Tissue Massage Therapy treatments could possibly be the best approach toward the symptoms of osteoarthritis pain.
It is a good idea to ensure you are properly rehydrated enough following one of your deep tissue treatments to reduce stiffness and aches in order to help flush out some of the toxins released by your muscles. You are going to want to avoid an intense workout or strenuous physical activity directly following a massage. Please ask your therapist for some stretching exercises to reduce aches and pains that may occur post-treatment. It is normal for some temporary aches throughout the body including muscle tenderness and soreness to occur after your treatment and your therapist may think it is a good idea to apply ice the targeted areas.
Contact an Arlington Massage Therapist Today!
Unlocking the benefits of deep tissue massage can improve our physical and mental wellbeing. To experience the benefits of deep tissue massage for yourself, contact the massage therapist at Arlington massage therapists at Zen Body Therapy for a free initial massage and consultation.