Is your neck stiff or hurt when you turn your head? Are you on an endless search for the perfect deep tissue massage to relieve your neck pain. Many people are in the same annoying situation with an estimated 60% of americans suffering from some sort of ongoing neck stiffness or ache . Many people also feel tense and aching shoulders especially after a bad night's sleep. Are you looking for lasting relief? Then consider deep tissue massage therapy as a safe and gentle treatment for your neck.
Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage
1. Reduces Muscle Tension and Stress
Tense muscles and chronic high levels of stress can really affect the quality of your health often leading to weakened immune system, increased risk of strain or sprain muscle or spine injuries, decreased sleep quality and even cardiovascular problems. Studies indicate massage therapy can help lower cortisol levels and even boost production of oxytocin, a hormone that relaxes and soothes the body. (1)
Deep Tissue Massage works by several different stress relieving mechanisms including it's ability to dilate blood vessels (enlarge to decrease pressure on vessel walls), and decreases activity of the hypothalamus, which controls the autonomic nervous system regulation and cortisol release. Therapeutic massage has been shown to boost the parasympathetic nervous system, "rest and digest", while turning off the sympathetic system, "fight or flight" system. (2)
2. Lower Back Pain Relief
A study published in Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, compared two different massage techniques for treating chronic back pain, deep tissue massage versus therapeutic massage. They discovered that deep tissue treatment over a period of ten days resulted in significant decrease in back pain compared to therapeutic massage. (3)
Similar findings by a 2014 study published in the Scientific World Journal found that deep tissue massage treatment alone had just as much of a benefit on pain relief in patients with chronic symptoms compared to massage and NSAID painkillers used together (4)
3. Injury Rehabilitation
Deep tissue massages can aid injury rehab by breaking up recently formed scar tissue which can lead to stiffness and a slow recovery. Therapeutic massage can also help reduce muscle spasms and inflammation by releasing trigger points, and increasing blood flow which brings oxygen to the injured areas. After an injury, especially auto accident injuries, the stress and inflammation of the muscles prevents good blood flow from reaching the damages body parts. This can stop oxygen and nutrients from helping to heal the area, leading to toxin buildup and more swelling and pressure on the nerves. (5)
4. Improves Athletic Performance And Recovery
The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness reported research findings of a positive trend for deep tissue massages for improved sport performances and recovery after workouts. The most beneficial type of deep tissue massage for athletes is sports massage, which is typically done before a sporting event or workout to help warm up the muscles and prevent injuries or right after a competition to speed up recovery. (6)
Consulting with a chiropractor physician allows for a proper diagnosis, and therefore proper treatment. Understanding whether your neck ache comes from a spinal misalignment or from sore or tense muscles is important. While many people turn to the use of pain-killing medication, epidural steroid injections, or even surgery to alleviate their pain, studies show that non-surgical and natural alternatives, such as deep tissue massage, are just as effective. In fact, a study published in the Scientific World Journal in 2014 found that deep tissue massage alone had just as much of a positive effect on reducing chronic pain relief as a massage and the use of NSAIDs combined. Deep tissue massage therapy applies slow, firm pressure to the affected area, which allows for the manipulation of the deep layers of tissue in the body. (7)
Fortunately, there are alternative natural and holistic remedies. Instead of momentarily putting your pain on hold, chiropractic care allows for the healing and improvement of the body.
At Pragle Chiropractic we offer deep tissue massage therapy as well as gentle chiropractic treatments to not only relieve neck pain but prevent it from happening in the future. Please visit www.praglechiro.com or call 850 508 5951 to learn more or book an appointment.
Posted by Dr. Eric Pragle, DC, LMT