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How Deep Tissue Massage Can Improve Your Health

Massages have been used to treat chronic pain and ailments for thousands of years. Unlike most forms of massages, deep tissue massages have intense therapeutic effects which can heal your body and repair muscles, tissues and joints.

What Is a Deep Tissue Massage?

A deep tissue massage is a form of massage therapy that targets the deepest layers of muscle and fascia in the body. A fascia is a band of connective tissue, composed primarily of collagen. These special tendons attach, stabilize, and separate muscles and internal organs. Deep tissue massages utilize deep finger pressure with firm strokes. The massages are great for relieving strain and treating injuries in joints, tendons and major muscle groups.


Lower Blood Pressure

Deep tissue massages target the deepest layer of tissue in the body, affecting blood flow. A 2008 study on patients 40 and older found that after a 45-60-minute massage, their blood pressure readings dipped significantly. A massage is an excellent holistic approach to treating hypertension.


Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Need a solution for the stress of life? Recent studies indicate that a regular deep tissue massage can increase the production of oxytocin in the body. The hormone is known as the bonding hormone, and influences social interactions and creates positive emotions.  Massages can also help reduce cortisol levels, which tend to spike during periods of heavy stress. High levels of cortisol in the body can lead to weight gain, headaches and other symptoms associated with stress.


Encourages Muscle Rehabilitation

Muscle injuries and soreness make competing difficult for most athletes. Coaches, professionals, and athletes often recommend massages to increase blood flow, reduce muscle tension and improve an overall sense of well-being. Massages produce positive effects on recovery and post-exercise, reducing the severity of muscle soreness. In general, massage therapy can boost performance, speed up recovery and prevent future injury.


Reduce Arthritis Symptoms

No matter what stage of arthritis you have, the condition has potential to impact your quality of life severely. Simple activities like walking, typing or gardening can become quite painful. According to the Arthritis Foundation, studies show massage therapy can improve pain, hand grip strength, the range of motion, and reduce stiffness. Massage therapy is an excellent complement to your doctor’s prescribed arthritis treatment. However, it’s not a treatment by itself.


Ready for your first deep tissue massage? Contact The Medical Spa of Baton Rouge to book an appointment and schedule your first consultation