How massage therapy can relieve back pain
Nearly 3 million patients visit emergency rooms for low back pain every year. Many leave the emergency room with immediate relief in the form of muscle relaxers and painkillers, only to find that their back pain soon returns. People who are looking to treat the root cause of back pain, rather than just masking the symptoms, are turning to massage therapy.
Massage therapy is a great option for the treatment of lower back pain. Before clients begin a massage therapy regimen, our licensed professionals will perform an examination to rule out any serious chronic back pain conditions that could be worsened by massage. However, in general, massage is an effective, non-invasive, and low-risk treatment.
Massage therapy is also becoming a more widely accepted form of treatment because it has a proven track record of physical and psychological relief. Your doctor might suggest massage in combination with medications and other types of treatment, but some patients have found relief with massage therapy alone.
How Massage Therapy Helps
Massage therapy helps lower back pain caused by muscle strain, pinched nerves, herniated discs, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. There are two muscles that play a role in the majority of chronic lower back pain cases: the gluteus medius and the quadratus lumborum (QL). If the QL is strained, the GM often becomes inflamed because it tries to compensate for the injury. People will typically have debilitating pain when one or both of these muscles are strained. The muscles can become so tight that the blood supply to the surrounding tissue is cut off. Massage increases endorphins, the chemicals produced by the body to enhance mood and ease pain.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy has several benefits for your body:
· Increased circulation and blood flow to surrounding muscles
· Reduced muscle tension
· Improved flexibility
· Reduced pain
· Better sleep
Get the Right Massage
It is important to have the right kind of massage if you have these muscle injuries. We recommend a full hour of massage that includes simultaneous stretching and massage of these muscles. A Swedish massage is a mild form of massage that involves kneading of the back muscles and long, sliding mild pressure applied to the back. A Swedish massage is great for low back pain sufferers and provides overall relaxation and improved circulation.
Don’t suffer from back pain any longer. Massage therapy has been shown to reduce pain and improve functionality, so call us to schedule an appointment today.