Deep tissue massage involves the application of deep pressure and slower, more focused strokes to reach the deeper soft tissues in the body. This massage technique is a safe and effective treatment for a number of conditions, including:
- Chronic pain
- Neck and back pain
- Pain in the extremities
- Injuries sustained in an auto accident
- Sports and work injuries
- Muscle tension
- Lower back pain
- Limited mobility
- Postural problems
- Hip pain
- And more
Here at Hopkins Health and Wellness, we want to help you find lasting pain relief. Deep tissue massage is an effective alternative treatment to prescription medications and pain relievers that only mask the pain. Additionally, deep tissue massage can address numerous pain complaints in one or more specific areas in the body to help you feel better, move better, and get back to doing the things you love most.
Five Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
Today, we’ll look at five benefits of deep tissue massage. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, contact Hopkins Health and Wellness for massage therapy in Woodbury.
Relieves Neck and Back Pain
Deep tissue massage can alleviate neck and back pain by releasing tension in the soft tissues. Pain in the neck and back is often caused by tense, inflamed muscles that can pull the spine out of alignment and/or put pressure on the spinal nerves. When the spinal nerves are aggravated by pressure, this causes pain in localized regions of the neck and back, which can also radiate to other areas of the body. Along with pain, other symptoms may also include numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, and limited mobility and movement.
Deep tissue massage relieves neck and back pain by soothing the deeper muscles that may be irritating nerves along the spine. As a result, pain is decreased, as are any associated symptoms.
Aids In Injury Recovery
Deep tissue massage is one of the most effective aids in the recovery and rehabilitation of injured muscles. Along with the damaged tissue caused by an injury, injured muscles tend to hold onto toxins more than healthy muscles do. This is due, in part, to inflammation, the body’s natural response to injury and infection, but also to poor circulation.
Deep tissue massage is effective for rehabilitating a wide range of injuries, especially sports injuries and auto injuries. This is because a deep tissue massage activates the body’s natural healing abilities by stimulating healthy circulation in the blood and lymph flow, which helps to remove toxins from the muscles (and the body as a whole) and replenish them with the oxygen and nutrients they need to heal, recover, and rebuild strength. What’s more, this type of massage technique compliments other treatments like chiropractic care and physical therapy.
Whether we spend hours hunched over our keyboards at work, we slouch because it’s comfortable, or we have postural problems, most of us don’t have perfect posture. Poor posture pulls the spine out of alignment, which can irritate the spinal nerves and cause pain to develop in the neck, shoulders, back, and hips. What’s more, poor posture only makes existing pain that much worse.
A deeper massage can improve circulation and flexibility in the deep muscles that pull the spine out of alignment. As a result, pain is decreased allowing for better posture.
Alleviates Built-Up Tension
Muscle tension develops as a result of injury, stress, anxiety, overuse, repetitive movements, and performing simple, everyday activities — even sleeping! Built-up tension in the joints and muscles causes misalignments in the spine that can cause localized symptoms, and those which radiate to other areas of the body.
A deep tissue massage releases tension while helping the muscles and other soft tissues relax. This massage treatment also has positive effects on your emotional, mental, and spiritual health by relieving stress and anxiety and encouraging relaxation. People who suffer from chronic stress often suffer the physical manifestations of stress, which causes tension, tightness, and rigidness, especially in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. A deep, relaxing massage can relieve both physical and mental tension, thereby rejuvenating and revitalizing the body and mind.
Improves Limited Mobility
When your muscles and joints are tense, tight, and sore, these symptoms can negatively affect your movements, thereby limiting your mobility. As we’ve mentioned, tight, inflamed muscles tend to press up against the spinal nerves, which, along with causing pain and weakness, can limit movements. Whether you have difficulties raising your arms, walking or standing, or gripping an object without experiencing pain, when your movements are limited, it can be challenging to perform even the simplest daily tasks.
Getting regular deep tissue massages targets problems in the deeper muscles and tissues that may be compressing and irritating the spinal nerves. By relieving tension and tightness in the deep muscles, a deep tissue massage can restore flexibility, movement, and mobility.
Schedule a Deep Tissue Massage
If you’re ready to experience the benefits of deep tissue massage, reach out to Hopkins Health and Wellness Center, a DMR Method Clinic. Our compassionate, highly trained massage therapists can address your specific pain complaints to help you find natural relief from tension and discomfort. Call us or reach out to us online to schedule an appointment for Top Rated Local® massage therapy in Woodbury.
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