A deep tissue massage goes beyond the superficial area of the muscles into a deeper layer where most of the chronic pain lies. Often because muscles are stiff or aching, the person has a limited range of motion, decreased energy and poor circulation. Although a deep tissue massage offers the client general benefits such as reduced stress and renewed energy, other deep tissue massage benefits induces mental clarity, released muscular restrictions as well as a quicker recovery time from an injury.

Improved Fascia Support

The fascia is the connective tissue that connects the muscles, nerves, blood vessels and bones together. It’s thought of as the tissue that literally holds the body together. Healthy fascia is lubricated. It’s elastic and supports physical movement. It appears to be thin and sheet like. However, as a person ages the connective tissue becomes thick and rigid. It becomes tough and makes the muscles harder to move. Other causes for a rigid fascia includes injury, repetitive movements or the lack of movement. An improperly working fascia causes a limited range of motion and sometimes muscle pain when moving them. A deep tissue massage benefits the fascia because the massage stretches, lengthens and loosens the area.

Sports Injury Recovery

A sports injury is an injury that results from the over use or small trauma to a particular body part during a certain activity. Although it’s generally related to athletes, it’s not restricted to them. Common sports injuries include a runner’s knee, tennis elbow, or a torn ligament, tendon or broken bone. The injury is characterized by a red, heated or swollen area. Acute or major pain may also be present.

A deep tissue massage benefits those with a sports injury because the massage allows the therapist to concentrate on the affected area. The sports-related massage stimulates the muscles and nervous system stretching out the overused muscles. The deep tissue massage also helps to remove waste from the muscles. It’s not necessary for a person to have a sports injury before receiving a deep tissue massage. Those who are proactive in receiving a deep tissue massage benefits from looser and stronger muscles. This helps to reduce the chance of an injury. A deep tissue massage also helps to detect any soft tissue issues and deal with them before a bigger problem occurs. Proper hydration also plays an apart in successful deep tissue massage therapy for sports injuries.

Improve Circulation and Breathing

Certain problems such as headaches, back aches, clogged arteries and cold hands and feet are a result of poor circulation. In most cases, the poor circulation is a result of the lactic acid that builds in the muscles. A deep tissue massage benefits those with circulatory problems because the pressure created by the massage on the congested area allows blood to flow freely. Once the pressure is released, new blood flows through the area. A deep tissue massage is not recommended for anyone with diabetes or have a risk of blood clots.

The moving, pulling and stretching of the muscle causes the lymph fluid to improve the body’s circulation allowing the metabolic waste created by the internal organs and muscles to be carried away. The improved circulation also gets rid of the lactic acid helping to lower the blood pressure while improving other body functions. A lower blood pressure helps to lower the risk for kidney failure, stroke and a heart attack.

The front and the back of the upper body contain accessory respiratory muscles and when these muscles are tightening or constricted it becomes hard to breath. Because the normal breathing patterns is disrupted, the person begins to take small shallow breathes. As a result of a deep tissue massage, the accessory respiratory muscles are lengthened. In addition to those without respiratory problems, a deep tissue massage benefits individuals with allergies, sinus problems, are bronchitis.

Chronic Pain Relief

Chronic pain is a long term effect of a restricted muscle. As time evolves, the restricted muscle constricts the muscle’s elasticity causing inflammation, adhesion, and pain. A deep tissue massage benefit chronic pain suffers because the pressure and motion loosens the muscle tissue and releases the toxins that were inhibiting the blood and oxygen from circulating freely. Because a deep tissue massage has slow concentrated strokes, it allows the therapist to use direct focused pressure on the area.

The occurrence of muscle spasms, a condition commonly associated with chronic pain, is reduced after a deep tissue massage session. Although anyone with pain can benefit from a deep tissue massage, individuals suffering from a stiff neck, posture problems, Fibromyalgia, sore shoulders, and lower back pain will receive the greatest amount of relief. After receiving a deep tissue massage, the client can expect to feel sore for a day. This is cause by the toxins being released in the body.

Appearance of Scar Tissue

Scars result from fibrous tissue that attempts to replace the normal tissue after injury. It’s a natural part of the body’s wound healing process. A deep tissue massage focuses on removing the scaring that associated with muscles tears and strains. Since the new scar tissue is not as resilient or flexible as the original tissue it’s easy to re-injure the same area.

Because of its deep penetration, a deep tissue massage benefits the client by breaking up the scar tissue, improve circulation and encourage proper healing in the muscle. It also helps to ease any pain and nerve problems associated with the scared area. The deep pressure removes any knots or adhesion in the area causing the tissue to heal in a normal pattern. In order to achieve the best results, receive a deep tissue massage within the first three months of injury because that’s the time frame where the body is in the wound healing process and the scar tissue begins to accumulate.

Effective treatment begins with massaging the superficial area with friction then penetrating into the deeper layers. Scar removal therapy is done with the therapist finger tips. Once the area with the fibrous tissue is reached, the therapist strums the fingers back and forth as if playing a string instrument.