Massage is something many people enjoy, even when they are healthy and ‘don’t need’ one. This is a health treatment that has been around for centuries with many variations. One type is for sports-related injuries, and one sub-type isn’t used only for the purpose of helping an athlete heal after an injury. The strokes and stimulation are similar to sports massage techniques, but in deep tissue massage, there is no particular area that is concentrated upon. The entire body is the focus instead of an isolated muscle, although stiff and sore areas should be pointed out to the therapist.
The strokes and rubbing techniques used will usually help to alleviate tension that has built up in the body from stress and staying in one position for extended periods of time. This makes it incredibly beneficial for those who are rarely active, as well as those who exercise sporadically or only on the weekend. A session on Friday can help loosen up muscles that will be used in the weekend workout, preventing muscle strains and sprains.
Some techniques that therapists use is to make circular motions with increasing pressure, to slide the palm across the muscle after applying oil, and to apply direct pressure in a pinpoint spot to release tension that has built up. This last one is perfect for those using chiropractic care, because it helps facilitate treatment and adjustments done during a chiropractic visit.
If there has been a slight injury, a tightness that is new, or even muscle pain, massaging these areas will be extended in duration, but with slightly less pressure. The therapist will pay close attention to your reaction for any increased pain while doing the massage in those areas. Massaging an area that has been injured recently, or pushed beyond its limit, can help it heal faster. It may feel tender to the touch at first, but relaxing while the therapist works out the tension can help you in the long run.
Those individuals who have been immobile due to surgery, broken limbs, or extended illnesses can see an improvement more quickly with their physical therapy regimen if deep muscle massage is added to their therapy. This is because it can increase the circulation in the limbs, and even in the internal organs. With enhanced circulation of the blood, healing can occur at a faster rate than what might otherwise happen. This is also true of those individuals who are coping with the pain and decreased movement caused by torn muscles.
In addition to helping reduce pain and inflammation, massage can help dilate blood vessels and increase circulation while relaxing muscles. Muscles that are tense can lead to misalignment of joints, causing severe musculoskeletal pain. They are also sprained more easily than muscles which are more limber.
Athletes, both professional ones and weekend warriors, as well as everyone in between, can increase the chances of their exercise program benefiting them even more by having a therapist take note of their physical fitness level through their muscle tone. While it is easy to measure the amount of muscle mass you are gaining on your own, having an expert opinion regarding the tone of your muscle will help you determine which set of exercises are doing their job. This information can also help you know which exercise types you might want to add to your routine.