Connective Tissue Massage (CTM) or (CTR)



Connective Tissue Massage (CTM)

Connective tissue massage (CTM) is a manipulative technique that facilitates the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of pathologies. Observation and subsequent manipulation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues can have a beneficial effect upon tissues remote from the area of treatment. These effects appear to be mediated by neural reflexes that cause an increase in blood flow to the affected region together with suppression of pain. CTM is becoming accepted more widely as research confirms the claims of an expanding population of practitioners.

Myofascial release (MFR) or Connective Tissue Release (CTR) works at great depth and with an exquisite level of sensitivity that allows the body to release “old trauma”. … Release occurs when the body is ready and treatment respects this readiness and invites but does NOT force release.

Connective Tissue Massage provides you with immediate relief from pain without using excessive force.

CTM gives you:

  • Relief from chronic tension and pain.
  • Increased ease of movement and flexibility.
  • Improved posture.
  • Enhanced self-awareness.
  • Overall peace throughout your body.
When would you use connective tissue massage?
A connective tissue massage is not your average massage. This massage is perfect for anyone who likes firm pressure, as the deeper skin layers will be massaged to reduce any muscle tension and chronic pains.
What are the side effects of a deep tissue massage?
Most Common Side Effects
  • Lingering Pain. Due to the pressurized techniques used in a deep tissue massage, some people have suffered from some version of pain during and/or after their therapy session.
  • Headaches/Migraines. …
  • Fatigue or Sleepiness. …
  • Inflammation. …
  • Nausea.
What are the benefits of deep tissue massage?
  • Stress Relief. Deep tissue massage is a great stress reliever. …
  • Reduces Pain. …
  • Lowers Blood Pressure and Heart Rate. …
  • Breaks Up Scar Tissue & Makes Movement Easier. …
  • Reduces Arthritis Symptoms. …
  • Rehabilitates Injured Muscles. …
  • Helps With Labor and Delivery.
What is connective tissue manipulation?
Connective tissue manipulation (CTM) is a soft tissue manipulative technique that stretches connective tissue, restoring mobility at dermis/hypodermis and dermis/fascia interfaces and promoting remodeling of collagen. It is often described as a neural therapy because of its powerful reflex effects.
Who developed connective tissue massage?
Elizabeth Dicke
Connective tissue massage, as its name suggests, is a system of manual techniques specifically aimed at affecting the connective tissues in the body, especially the skin. Elizabeth Dicke, a German physiotherapist, was the first to describe the technique in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Does deep tissue massage work?
Unlike other massage techniques that focus on relaxation, deep tissue massage helps to treat muscle pain and improve stiffness. But it can still help you unwind mentally, too. A 2014 study involving 59 participants found that deep tissue massage helped to reduce pain in people with a chronic low back.
Why do deep tissue massages hurt but feel good?
It feels great not only because the pain is triggering a release of endorphins, but also because circulation is increasing and inflammation from the knot is being released. This is why some back and shoulder massages can “hurt so good”! The link between pleasure and pain is deeply rooted in our biology. For a start, all pain causes the central nervous system to release endorphins – proteins that act to block pain and work in a similar way to opiates such as morphine to induce feelings of euphoria.
How often should you get deep tissue massage?
This process can put a lot of stress on the body. It is recommended to be getting massaged at least once every three weeks (or every two) to help aid in healthy tissue repair and reduce pain felt from the intensive workouts that the body is going through.
Can deep massage get rid of knots?
YES. You can use massage to treat muscle knots. Massage therapy increases circulation and improves blood flow. That can improve muscle function and help loosen up your muscles. This helps to relieve pain and stiffness.
Can massage release emotions?
YES. Most people who receive massage regularly report feeling relief, a sense of peace, or increased relaxation. However, some people may also experience a sudden rush of powerful emotion while receiving bodywork. Whether it is grief, euphoria, anger, fear, or sadness, the phenomenon is known as an emotional release.
Should I use heat or ice after a deep tissue massage?
There is usually some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so. The massage therapist may recommend applying ice to the area after the massage.
What is the best description of connective tissue?
Connective tissue. most abundant tissue type I the body; functions as/for protection, support, binding together of other tissues; some types are well-vascularized (good blood flow like bone) and others not so much (tendons, ligaments) and some not at all (cartilage).
What do connective tissue cells secrete?
CELLS: The most common connective tissue cells are: Fibroblasts, which secrete collagen and other elements of the extracellular matrix. Adipocytes, which store fat. Mast cells, macrophages, and lymphocytes, cells with immune function which participate in inflammation.
What are connective tissue and its function?
Connective tissue is the most abundant and widely distributed of the primary tissues. … Major functions of connective tissue include: 1) binding and supporting, 2) protecting, 3) insulating, 4) storing reserve fuel, and 5) transporting substances within the body. Connective tissues can have various levels of vascularity.
What are connective tissues in the body?
Connective tissue is the most abundant, widely distributed, and varied type. It includes fibrous tissues, fat, cartilage, bone, bone marrow, and blood. As the name implies, connective tissues often bind other organs together, hold organs in place, cushion them, and fill space. A connective tissue disease is any disease that affects the parts of the body that connect the structures of the body together. Connective tissues are made up of two proteins: collagen and elastin. Collagen is a protein found in the tendons, ligaments, skin, cornea, cartilage, bone, and blood vessels.
What are the 3 main types of connective tissue?
There are three main groups of connective tissues: loose connective tissue, dense connective tissue, and specialized connective tissue.
Connective tissue proper; further divided into loose and dense connective tissues. Specialized connective tissue; reticular, blood, bone, cartilage, and adipose tissues.

  • Hyaline cartilage – most represented type. …
  • Elastic cartilage – has many elastic fibers. …
  • Fibrocartilage – has many collagen I molecules.
Why blood is connective tissue?
Blood is considered a connective tissue because it has a matrix. The living cell types are red blood cells, also called erythrocytes, and white blood cells also called leukocytes. … Erythrocytes (red blood cells), the predominant cell type, are involved in the transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide.

More on Connective Tissue

Connective tissue is made out of cells, fiber, and water. It is situated between the blood vessels and the nerves and it has a supporting function. Healthy connective tissue is smooth and stretchy.

Age, stress, an unhealthy lifestyle, and heredity (unfortunately) deteriorate the connective tissue. Your blood flow will decrease and your body will build up tension. On the outside, you can notice a bad blood flow by acne for example, or wrinkles and skin relaxation.

You can avoid this by doing sports, yoga for example, but also by eating vegetables and legumes, drinking enough water (at least 2 liters per day), and undergoing connective tissue massages. This probably is the anti-aging treatment of the moment!

The connective tissue massage stimulates the blood flow, improves your skin structure, breaks apart the adhesion, reduces tightness in your muscles, and strengthens and tightens the connective tissue of your skin.

The word massage might be misleading, while in contrast to a normal massage, relaxation is not really what we aim at with this treatment. We can also call it deep tissue therapy. During the session, the therapist will exercise manual pressure on your skin. He or she might use their hands, fingertips, knuckles, forearms, or elbows. He or she will start with pulling and pinching your skin on the zones where you will be treated. If you have a problem zone, with a muscle strain, for example, the treatment might hurt some more in this zone.

The massage activates your blood flow in the connective tissue, which results in the production of elastin and collagen fibers. If your blood flow is good, your skin will be more capable of taking in the nutrients.

The session will be adapted to your personal needs and problem zones. Also, the level of pressure can be adapted from person to person, so feel free to indicate to your massage therapist what your comfort level is. It will always hurt a little, but you should not be screaming because you’re suffering too much! And as they don’t feel what you feel, you’ll have to tell your therapist.

Overall, connective tissue massage has the following benefits:

  • Better skin condition
  • Improvement of the nutrients take-in
  • Reducing the subcutaneous adhesion
  • Stimulation of the blood flow
  • Strengthen and creating of new connective tissue
  • Finer pores
  • Positive effect on acne
  • Improvement of skin structure and skin tone
  • Reducing wrinkles, crow’s feet, and scars
  • More elastic skin
  • It relieves chronic pain

Who Will Benefit By A Deep Tissue Massage?

The following types of people should experience benefits from deep tissue therapy.

– Office workers or people that spend much time in their car. They tend to have stiff necks and shoulders and suffer from back pains because they spend long times if the same position. A deep tissue therapy would do them good!

 Athletes who require endurance and physical efforts on a regular basis from their bodies and who might suffer from muscle strains.

– People with recovered injuries. As the massage works on the healing process of the scars, this might be very beneficial for breaking up the scar tissue.

  • Skin relaxation
  • Bags under your eyes
  • Reduction of the nasal lips fold
  • Bad blood circulation and/or rosacea
  • Gray skin or smoker’s skin
  • Wrinkles or crow’s feet
  • Adhesions
  • Scars
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