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The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

Jun 6

Temecula massage therapy has been used for centuries as a healing method. Well-designed scientific studies have shown it to be beneficial for both physical and mental well-being.

To get the most benefit, a person going for a massage should give the therapist accurate health information and remain as relaxed as possible. Different types have specific purposes.

Deep tissue massage involves manipulating deeper layers of muscle tissue and tissue. It is used to breakup and reduce scar tissues, tight muscles and myofascial limitations. The techniques use firm, piercing pressure that may cause "good hurt" or "good pain."

Massage can improve circulation. This helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues and remove waste. It helps to reduce swelling and release toxins after surgery or injury.

A massage also may help reduce anxiety and depression. During pregnancy it can ease the discomfort of backaches and hip pain and lower anxiety levels in women experiencing early labor. Massages can also relieve the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by reducing edema, improving pulmonary function and easing breathing. It can also help with fibromyalgia, myofascial syndrome and other muscle pain conditions by reducing tension and stiffness. Massage can ease arthritic pain, by breaking scar tissue and improving joint movement.

Myofascial Release

A massage therapist using the myofascial Release techniques uses hands-on contact to feel for areas that are tightened. Normal myofascia is pliable and elastic. The therapist will then use a combination of massage, stretching and gentle manual pressure to help the tissue release tension and stiffness.

As the therapist moves through the trigger point, you may feel tingling and buzzing sensations. This is normal and shouldn't hurt.

The goal of this technique to aid the body in healing itself. To flush out any toxins, it's important to drink lots of fluids after a session. Myofascial releases are especially beneficial for those who suffer pain conditions like Fibromyalgia. Research has shown that it can significantly improve pain and functionality in these patients. It can also help reduce the number of tender points that a patient experiences.


During sports massage, the therapist uses specific movement to warm up muscle tissue and release tension. This type also breaks down muscle "knots," that can be painful, and inhibit performance.

Sports massage is different from other types of massage. Unlike effleurage, which uses gentle strokes, and petrissage, which uses tenderizing motions, sports massage focuses primarily on the muscles that are most active during a specific sport or activity. It also focuses on tendons and ligaments. Amateur and professional athletes of any age use it.

Pre-event sports massaging is done shortly before a race or event to stimulate the muscles. It reduces delayed onset muscular soreness (DOMS) after exercise. It also improves circulation. This type is also beneficial in preventing injuries by allowing the muscles return to their original condition more quickly.

Trigger Point

Trigger point muscle knots are tight bands that will never relax by themselves. Overuse, injury and stress can all cause them to form. They can cause pain anywhere on the body, and can also send "referred pain" to other areas.

Trigger point therapy is designed to relieve these knots. The therapist will use their thumbs or trigger point tools to massage the trigger point directly. This direct pressure breaks the trigger point and stops the pain cycle that is caused by the knot. It allows oxygenated, healing blood to flow and heal the area.

There are two methods of trigger point therapy: the sustained pressure approach, and the micro-stripping technique. During the sustained pressurized massage, your therapist touches the trigger and gradually increases pressure over 4-8 secs before slowly releasing the point. This method is extremely effective at releasing the trigger and its constricted tissues.