Thursday, February 16, 2012

Skin Deep

"Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional..."

 - Anonymous      

For anyone who have received massage from a licensed or registered massage therapist, they know that massage can elicit deep relaxation and stress relief!  Now a new study sheds light on how deep touch (Deep Tissue Massage) works to ease pain and promote healing in sore tired muscles.
Read more about the new research findings here.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage Therapy has similarities to Swedish Massage (see Feb. 09 post: Tender Touch) but the focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).

It aims to identify the shortened muscles and facia involved, as well as any muscle spasms and localized areas of tenderness. For example, upper back pain is often caused by chronically shortened chest muscles (the pectorals) combined with spasm of deep back muscles (multifidii and rotatores).

It begins with strokes similar to that of Swedish to warm the area of concern, followed with slow, firm gliding pressure to restore normal length to adaptively short contracted myofascial tissues that may be combined with passive range of movement and assited stretches.

Muscle lesions and adhesions ("knots") are treated with deep pressure that maybe done with vibration, then any existing muscle spasms are addressed with deep, sustained static compression until they release and regain their normal resting length.

Do you want to learn more about Deep Tissue Massage Therapy?  Click here. 

- Leo Feraer-Oporto   

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