FAQs About Full Body Deep Tissue Massage and Its Benefits
What are the benefits of a full-body deep tissue massage? From repetitive use strains to sports-related pains, take a look at how this type of massage can help you to recover.
Is a Deep Tissue Massage Different from Other Massages?
Yes, this option is different from other types of massages. Along with deep tissue, other popular types of massage options include Swedish, ports, Shiatsu, aromatherapy, hot stones, reflexology, lymphatic, and Thai. Each type of massage requires a specific approach or technique and treats different types of physical, spiritual, emotional, or mental concerns.
A deep tissue massage does exactly what the name implies: it targets the deeper layers of tissue and muscles. The result is a massage that can help to treat sports-related injuries or other similar sources of chronic strains and pain. The techniques used for this type of massage can lengthen the deep tissues, stretching and relaxing overworked muscles.
Who Can Benefit from This Type of Massage?
The simple answer to this question is—anyone with deep, persistent, or chronic muscle pain. But there are some groups or types of people who may find full-body deep tissue massage therapy preferable (compared to other types of massage options).
Again, deep tissue techniques help to relax the deep tissues and muscles that athletes may damage. But this doesn't mean this type of massage only works well for professional athletes. Amature athletes, runners, or anyone who plays a sport/exercises often can benefit from this muscle-healing massage. Some people with chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia and lower back pain, or persistent muscle and nerve issues, may also benefit from a deep tissue technique.
What Are the Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage?
Now that you understand the general muscle-healing and pain relief benefits of a deep tissue technique, you're ready to learn more about the specific ways this type of massage can help you. Not only can a deep tissue massage reduce pain, but it may also help you to eliminate other medical (prescription or over-the-counter medication) treatments. Research published in a 2014 study found that deep tissue techniques had a similar effect to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication on lower back pain.
This type of full-body massage may also help to relieve muscle stiffness after a major workout, improve circulation, reduce injury-related muscle swelling, and improve your range of motion.
Where Can You Get a Deep Tissue Massage?
Only a qualified massage therapist should provide this service. Before you schedule a massage, ask the provider about their experience and training. If you're not sure how to find a deep tissue therapist, ask your doctor or another healthcare provider for a referral to a deep tissue or sports medicine massage specialist.