What is deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage is a massage technique that’s mainly used to treat musculoskeletal issues, such as strains and sports injuries. It involves applying sustained pressure using slow, deep strokes to target the inner layers of your muscles and connective tissues. This helps to break up scar tissue that forms following an injury and reduce tension in muscle and tissue.
It may also promote faster healing by increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.
What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage offers both physical and psychological benefits. Unlike other massage techniques that focus on relaxation, deep tissue massage helps to treat muscle pain and improve stiffness. But it can still help to you unwind mentally, too.
Reduces Chronic Pain
The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that deep-tissue massage is more effective and affordable for relieving chronic pain than conventional medical remedies. Because deep-tissue massage increases the flow of blood through through the body, it helps reduce the inflammation that causes pain. Deep-tissue massage can also help alleviate muscle tension that is often a side effect of chronic pain by loosening the tight tissue clusters.
Improves Blood Pressure
Deep-tissue massage helps ease stress and tension, which can have a beneficial effect on blood pressure. People who had a deep-tissue massage saw their systolic pressure drop by an average of 10.4 mm Hg and their diastolic pressure drop an average 5.3 mm Hg, according to a study cited by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Deep-tissue massage can help increase the body's production of serotonin, the hormone that promotes happiness and good feelings.
Breaks Up Scar Tissue
Over time, deep-tissue massage therapy can help break up and eventually erase scar tissue in the body. It does this by improving lymphatic circulation and drainage to improve flexibility and range of motion in the affected area. Scar tissue is often associated with ongoing pain and stiffness, so deep-tissue massage can improve these symptoms. Massage therapy is often recommended for people who are recovering from surgery.
Rehabilitates Injured Muscles
Deep-tissue massage can be an effective treatment for injured muscles. Because it facilitates the movement of toxins from the muscles and helps stretch tight or twisted muscle mass, deep-tissue massage can help promote healing. Because massage also helps relax muscles, it can reduce the pain caused by injuries, too. Deep-tissue massage is frequently used to rehabilitate sports injuries.
For those people who suffer from chronic stress, and all of its various, possible side-effects like tension headaches, rigid shoulders and tight muscles; deep tissue massage can be a relief. During a session you can let it all go and give in to the healing. Once renewed and revitalized you'll be able to face your challenges more equitably.
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TENS is an acronym for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation and is a method of massage whereby electrical pulses are sent through your skin to activate nerve endings, effectively blocking the pain pathways to your brain. The concept is similar to taking a pain-killer, except that where drugs block pain chemically, TENS can block it mechanically. This is highly significant as it means you can now live pain-free and drug-free. Often pain medications come at a significant price, both financially and with side-effects to your health. The TENS unit makes pain medications obsolete! Simply attach the electrode pads to the desired areas, as described in the instruction manual that comes with your device, and you’re ready to begin relaxing in the privacy and comfort of your own home. It is completely safe and effective against minor muscle aches, pain and atrophy.
EMS is an acronym for Electrical Muscle Stimulation, and is effective against the weakening or atrophy of muscles, usually caused by trauma, surgery or long periods of inactivity. This is more common than we would normally think. Our modern lifestyles and over-sitting cause many of our muscles to go completely unused, or misused, causing muscles to weaken, stiffen or inflame, which can all lead to significant atrophy and pain. With EMS, these weakened muscles can be stimulated, increasing their strength, and improving your health and endurance.
All our Unimed massage devices come equipped with both TENS and EMS technology. TENS and EMS work together effectively to allow you to live pain-free. Both therapy techniques, alongside their qualities of stimulating muscles and blocking pain, also stimulate your brain to release endorphins. Endorphins are the “feel-good” chemical of the brain. So now you can relax on your couch with the peace of mind that your muscles are actually being stimulated and relaxed in all the right ways, and sending happy messages up to your brain.