Muscle tightness can happen to any of us at any time. After a particularly stressful day, you might feel the need to relax, but if you live a busy life it can be difficult to make this happen. You may be suffering from muscle knots, which are tense and sensitive areas of muscles that feel tight, even when the muscle is resting. These tight muscles usually feel painful when touched.
If you are suffering from stiff muscles or joints, you’ll find that your range of motion is being impacted. The following advice will guide you through different massage techniques that can help to relax your tight muscles, relieve joint pain and soreness and reduce stiffness in the body.
Always visit a professional massage therapist when experiencing muscle pain and do not use these massage techniques on swollen joints, bruises, strains or sprains, or broken bones as you risk aggravating the injury.
Swedish massage or classic massage is the type of massage people imagine when they think of massage therapy. It helps to promote relaxation in the body by reducing muscle tension. Swedish massage is one of the more gentle forms of massage, with the therapist using longer strokes and deep circular movements to help promote muscle relaxation. A traditional swedish massage will usually involve the body as a whole.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy works by applying firm pressure on tender trigger points. The massage therapist will push deep within the muscle tissue or around the joint for approximately 10 seconds using their fingers or knuckles.
This can feel painful at first, but try to tolerate the discomfort as trigger point therapy helps to alleviate soreness and stiffness in the muscles and joints. This process should be repeated a few times, applying less pressure to the trigger point each time.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a form of massage therapy used for chronic aches and pain, stiff neck and shoulders and sore muscles. The massage involves applying firm pressure in a slow stroking motion in order to reach the deeper layers of muscle. Deep Tissue Massage works to relieve pain and help improve mobility. The therapist may use their fingertips, knuckles, hands, or elbows during a deep tissue massage.
Sports Massage Therapy
Sports massage is a good option for muscle injury and is not limited to athletes. If you spend hours every day stuck in front of an office computer, making repetitive motions, sports massage can help. Designed to assist in correcting imbalances in the soft tissue that can be caused by strenuous and repetitive physical activity, sports massage relieves pain and muscle tension and increases flexibility and performance.
If you regularly engage in any type of physical activity it may be advisable to have regular sports massage treatments, in order for you to reap the long-term benefits.
If you feel that muscle tension is holding you back from performing optimally, check in with your local massage therapist to see what type of massage might be best suited for you.