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What’s the Difference Between Deep Tissue and Sports Massage?

 

 

deep tissue vs sports massage

Deep tissue massage is great for anyone with soft-tissue injuries or chronic muscle pain. It also helps lengthen tight muscles that have been weakened by injury, overuse, or poor posture. Since deep tissue massage releases trigger points in muscles by breaking up scar tissue (the twisted bands of collagen that build up around painful knots), it can be very effective in cases of chronic back pain, tension headaches, sciatic pain, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, etc. Unfortunately, its long treatment time often makes deep tissue massage difficult to work into a hectic schedule. While sports massage might seem like a better choice if you’re already in peak physical condition, it could actually make you worse if your body isn’t ready for regular stretching and release. This style of massage—which focuses on loosening hard knots by applying direct pressure—can strain tired muscles too much if they aren’t warmed up properly beforehand. Unless you’re recovering from an actual sports injury like a runner’s knee or tennis elbow, stick to light stretching before getting a sports massage; otherwise, stick to deep tissue when looking for relief from stiffness.

Benefits of Deep Tissue

  1. It increases circulation.
  2. Boosts lymphatic drainage for better removal of waste and toxins from your body, thus helping to relieve soreness and swelling.
  3. Reduces muscle tension (which can lead to injuries).
  4. Deep tissue massage is helpful in reducing pain because it gets deep into tight muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  5. It helps relieve myofascial pain syndrome (commonly called trigger points), which are sore spots in soft tissues that cause referred pain elsewhere in your body.
  6. Also, if you have chronic low back pain or other long-term pains, deep tissue massage may help relieve some of your symptoms.
  7. Improves quality of sleep
  8. Relaxes overused muscles.

Benefits of Sports Massage

  1. It increases circulation.
  2. Boosts lymphatic drainage for better removal of waste and toxins from your body, thus helping to relieve soreness and swelling.
  3. Reduces muscle tension (which can lead to injuries).
  4. Helps accelerate post-workout recovery, meaning you’ll be able to hit it hard again tomorrow (and the day after tomorrow, etc.).
  5. Improves performance by aiding in faster recovery between workouts.
  6. Offers increased flexibility by improving range of motion, which is especially helpful if you’re into weightlifting or other high-performance sports like football or basketball
  7. Increases range of motion in some joints—for example, improving spinal flexibility can help decrease back pain as well as improve your posture
  8. Improves quality of sleep
  9. Relaxes overused muscles.

Similarities Between These Modalities.

To start with, both types of massage are performed by a trained professional who uses long strokes to relax muscles that have been overworked or tight. Each type of massage is beneficial in its own way but understanding their distinct differences can help you make an informed decision about which option is best for your needs. Both therapies use pressure—with each session lasting between 70 to 90 minutes, depending on what problem areas need attention most. And both focus on deeply-seated issues like poor posture and chronic pain. If you’re interested in trying either technique for yourself, look for a therapist who has been properly trained and accredited before deciding whether they’re right for you!

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