How Massage Helps Chronic Back Pain
If you have chronic back pain, you’ve probably tried various treatments to feel better. From over-the-counter pain relievers to warm or cool compresses to stronger medications, there’s an array of options to help back pain. Unfortunately, not all of them are effective, and some even can be dangerous—take, for instance, the overuse of opioid pain medications due to the risk of addiction.
If you’re still in pain after exploring different treatments for your chronic back pain, it’s time to give Muscle Eze Medical Massage a call. How can massages make a difference?
“A trained, experienced massage therapist evaluates your back differently than a doctor or physical therapist does,” according to an article from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Here’s how massage can help back pain, as reported in this excerpt from the article:
Each time you strain or pull a muscle, small tears form in the muscle fibers, says Davis Reyes, a physical therapist at Hospital for Special Surgery.
When they heal, scar tissue forms in hard lines and doesn’t necessarily conform to the existing muscle. These can interfere with muscle function, and massage can remedy that, he says.
“Massage works on these soft-tissue injuries to actually work out that scar,” Reyes adds. This helps the muscles work more efficiently and can improve the success of strengthening or stretching routines.
There are other benefits from massage for chronic back pain. You’ll increase circulation to sore or stiff muscles and joints. Plus, your body releases feel-good chemicals during massage, boosting your mood and well-being.
Massage also provides relief and relaxation without any drug-related side effects. The only thing we recommend is that you drink a lot of water after a message.
It can take a couple of sessions before you get the full effect of massages for chronic back pain. However, the licensed massage therapists at Muscle Eze are ready to help you find the right massage for you, to provide pain relief.
The Benefits Of Massage
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
Ease medication dependence.
Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
Increase joint flexibility.
Lessen depression and anxiety.
Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
Reduce spasms and cramping.
Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
Relieve migraine pain.
A Powerful Ally
There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
Enhanced sleep quality.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits