man getting a deep tissue massage on his backA deep tissue massage from a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) is a great way to help you feel better when experiencing sore or fatigued muscles. The name says it all! The RMT will get down deep into the tissue and work on the places that need the most attention. A deep tissue massage is a big help for chronic pains that we all have from long hours behind a desk or the wheel of a car.

Here are the top five benefits of a deep tissue massage:

1. Reduces Pain

Pain and tension are nasty dance partners. Pain leads to tension, and increased tension causes more pain. A deep tissue massage can loosen the tight muscles and alleviate the tension that comes from chronic pain. As a result of the deep tissue massage, there will be increased blood flow to the area of pain which will kick start the healing process. The increased blood flow throughout the body will also help reduce inflammation that is causing the pain to begin with! By breaking up these dance partners, your entire body will feel better. An added benefit is that it is more pleasant for the body, and cheaper, than medication.

2. Reduces Stress

The RMT uses lotions and pressure during the deep tissue massage to completely relax the muscles closer to the surface in order to reach the deeper muscles. Just relax and let the therapist work out all of the stress you’re carrying.

3. Improves Blood Pressure

When your body relaxes, stress and tension leave the muscles—and as a result, pain decreases. This combination also has a beneficial effect on blood pressure. A deep tissue massage also increases serotonin, which will make you feel happier!

4. Breaks up Scar Tissue

A deep tissue massage can break up and get rid of scar tissue in the body, which is a contributing factor to pain and tension over time. Other benefits from a massage include lymphatic drainage and circulation, as well as improved flexibility. These benefits are especially rewarding to those recovering from surgery or other injuries.

5. Rehabilitates Injured Muscles

One of the reasons that athletes get so many massages is that it is a great treatment for injured muscles. Stressed muscles block oxygen and nutrients from moving through the body. A deep tissue massage will relax the muscles and help to get everything moving again, which will help to reduce the pain.

The inner workings of the body are cyclical; something in one area of the body eventually affects another area. A deep tissue massage is a great treatment to break the cycle of pain and tension and relax the muscles to help get everything flowing the way that it should.

Before and After Your Massage

Before and after a deep tissue massage, be sure to drink plenty of water to help flush toxins out that the massage has started moving through the body. You might feel soreness after the massage – this is normal. Talk with your RMT about other things you can do at home after the massage to help the body heal, such as a warm bath with Epsom salts.

Your body works hard for you on a daily basis, so reward it with a deep tissue massage from our RMT! You will feel benefits such as reduced stress, reduced tension and pain, lower blood pressure, and even breaking up of old scar tissue. An RMT is a great ally in the journey to a healthier you!

Footprint Health and Wellness Centre is a multi-disciplinary clinic located in South Barrie, offering chiropody, physiotherapy, and massage therapy services. Book your appointment now!

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