In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the basics on skin, the layers of tissue, and the body, plus how deep tissue massage brings numerous benefits to both areas. A broad colloquial term for massage that affects a variety of layers of muscle tissue and fascia your therapist will work on, deep tissue massage is one of the most popular styles of massage available today.
At Body Balance Massage and Float, our deep tissue massage services are second to none. We’ll use a variety of tools and techniques to fit your exact needs, helping you work through chronic pain and muscle tension that might be causing a variety of issues. In today’s part two, we’ll go over several other distinct purposes many people utilize deep tissue massage for, including a couple you may not have considered in the past.
Immune System Boost
There are several forms of massage therapy that may help boost the body’s immune system, and deep tissue massage is among them. Continued deep tissue massage is known to increase the number of white blood cells in your body – these are the cells that fight disease and various contaminants, and having more of them means your body is better protected.
For this reason, those who are vulnerable to several different immune disorders, or even just have weaker systems overall, often turn to deep tissue massage to help increase the body’s natural defenses.
In some cases, muscle and joint issues lead to significant reductions in general flexibility and mobility in various areas of the body. This creates a vicious cycle, where limited mobility only worsens with time as the pain grows and larger areas go immobile.
Deep tissue massage, however, is a huge help here. It loosens and lengthens stiff and stuck muscle areas allowing for greater mobility and flexibility. Not only this, but it allows for more efficient movement and less strain on the joints, which can relieve or eliminate the pain present.
Studies have shown that around 90% of headaches are muscle tension related. This means that most people are suffering from tension headaches that can be greatly reduced or completely removed by deep tissue massage. Trigger point therapy is also shown to have a positive effect for headache sufferers.
Finally, one area some are not aware of when it comes to deep tissue massage is the benefits it can bring for those who have swelling, whether due to recent surgery or some other cause. While this can also be accomplished using sports massage techniques (which can be similar to deep tissue massage), deep tissue massage is often extremely effective at reducing swelling.
For more on the benefits of deep tissue massage, or to learn about any of our massage therapy services, speak to the staff at Body Balance Massage and Float today.