A regular massage is often considered to be a treat rather than a necessity. Most people believe that having a massage is good for aches and pains, or can help if they’ve overdone the exercise. Not everybody realizes that massage therapy is also a powerful painkiller that can even be used to help people with back problems to reduce the amount of medication they must take.
Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain and if you’re one of the 31 million Americans who suffers with back pain at some point in their life, you’ll know how miserable it can be. If you are dealing with chronic back pain – which is pain that’s lasted more than three months and less than six - it can impact your daily life and stop you from doing things you want to do. You could be reliant on drugs to keep you mobile or help you sleep.
The Vicious Pain Cycle
If you can no longer exercise pain-free, you might end up in a vicious cycle of inactivity which makes your pain worse, which stops you being active. Or, you could just increase your meds but that just masks the problem. Also, some strong pain meds contain painkillers (opioids) like codeine which can lose their power over time as you build up a tolerance to their effects. They can also have unwanted side effects.
What you need is a way to manage your back pain that is effective but doesn’t have the side effects. Wouldn’t you know it, research has shown that regular massage along with your prescribed medication and any other advice from your healthcare supplier can be so powerful that you might be able to decrease the number of painkillers you need to manage your back pain and start to live a more active life.
How Massage Can Help Beat Back Pain
A massage session doesn’t just relax you, it can help to promote tissue repair, improve the blood circulation and does wonders for your stress levels and mood. Recent research showed that regular massage therapy combined with exercise helped people suffering from chronic back pain to feel less anxious about their condition too. The study, which took place at a pain management clinic in Western New York, involved sixty chronic low back pain patients who were split into two groups. One group received regular massage therapy, twice a week for four weeks, along with their regular treatment, and one group only carried on with their prescribed treatments.
The participants all recorded their own pain levels before and after having massage therapy on a scale of one to ten. There was a significant difference between the pre-treatment and post-treatment pain rating in the group that had regular massage, but the control group who carried on as normal reported no changes to their pain levels.
If you suffer with back pain and want to try something different – book that massage session now.
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What’s the best massage for you? Sometimes it can be confusing – you know you’re stressed and everybody tells you that you need a good massage, but what type of massage should you get? There are so many options available, how do you know which one will suit you? That’s where your friendly massage therapist comes in – if you’re not sure, just call or drop in for a chat and we can help you find the perfect technique and style for your needs. If it’s your first massage we can put you at ease and make sure you know exactly what to expect. In the meantime, here’s the lowdown on two of the most common types of massage and what they can do for you.
But first lets talk about Swedish massage. It is not just a fluffy type massage. Swedish massage consists of light to firm pressure strokes that move in a slow gliding motion. Light stretching may or may not be included. If you have a high stress level or suffer from anxiety swedish massage is for you. If you have trouble sleeping then swedish massage is for you. If you have high blood pressure, on blood thinners, or diabetes (to name a few) then swedish massage would be great for you. Oncology patients and the elderly can benefit from swedish massage because it reduces stress, anxiety, and promotes a feeling of well-being among other things.
Now let's talk about Deep Tissue massage. I think of this type of massage more as Therapeutic massage...when my client needs to target a specific issue or have tired, overworked muscles. In a deep tissue massage we manipulate the deeper layers of your soft tissue. Soft tissue includes your muscles, ligaments, fascia, and tendons (it’s pretty much everything that isn’t bones or organs). We use less lotion or oil, and work lighter at first and then move into the deeper layers of muscle. Going lighter to deeper is important because it helps relax the top layer of tissue and muscle, meaning less pain for you. Then the deeper layers of muscle can be worked on more easily and with less pain. This will feel much better and you will get better results.
Many think that deep tissue massage has to be painful to be effective. Many even like to feel the pain. They think "No pain, No gain". Not me....if that makes me wimpy then I wear the badge proudly. There are ways to work deep without causing the client a lot of pain. Some pain may happen but as a massage therapist I really try to stay in tune with my client and back off the pressure or technique I may be using so that my client can relax. If you tense up as I am trying to release the tension we are working against each other.
So which type of massage is for you? Maybe a combination of the two?
Call EmbraceLife! Massage @ 713-384-9793 to schedule the massage you need or fill out the contact form on the website: embracelifemassage.com (click here).
Massage Therapist specializing in Therapeutic, Oncology, and Geriatric massage.