What’s the benefit to getting the knots taken care of?
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I can vouch for the benefits of deep tissue massage. I had debilitating pain in my achilles tendons and massive knots in my calves, to the point where I had trouble walking. I was seeing a sports massage therapist who I thought used a lot of pressure, but I felt he just wasn’t getting to the root of the problem. The clinic owner recommended another masseur. His treatments were brutal, the pain was excruciating, but after a few weeks of 75 minute weekly treatments I’m almost completely pain-free and the knots are gone. He also works on trigger points and deep knots all over my body. The worst were in the biceps, triceps and I.T. bands. I’ll continue to see him bi-weekly for “tuneups”.
Here’s a summary of deep tissue massage benefits, from an ezine article:
What are the benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage?
Unlike a regular relaxation massage, deep tissue massage works effectively on the skeletal structures that lie deep within the body.
Many people seek a deep tissue massage to help in treating crippling diseases, muscle, tendon and ligament injuries. When muscles are stressed, they block oxygen and nutrients, leading to inflammation that builds up toxins in the muscle tissue.
Through controlled manual manipulation, deep tissue massage breaks down scar tissue and crystallization, loosens muscles, releases toxins and allows blood and oxygen to circulate properly.
It is important to drink plenty of water afterwards to flush away the toxins released during massage.
The key benefits of deep tissue massage include:
â?¢ Elimination of the blocks that cause muscle tightness
â?¢ Increases circulation of blood, lymph, cerebro-spinal and interstitial fluids
â?¢ Can resolve many chronic pain patterns by releasing deeply held emotions that cause tension
â?¢ Helps improve the functioning of the internal organs and any associated symptoms or diseases
â?¢ Improves posture and mobility
â?¢ Helps to reduce tension and the automatic reflexes to stress
How effective is Deep Tissue Massage?
Deep tissue massage can be very effective, but one has to be realistic about how much can be achieved in one session. Simply asking for more pressure and thinking that if the therapist pushes hard enough, all tension will be released within an hour is unrealistic. Chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime can only be addressed with a series of treatments.