Back pain can be frustratingly difficult to deal with. Lower and upper pain can limit your range of motion, restrict your activities, and interrupt you from living the life you want. Did you know that massage might be able to provide the relief you are looking for? Whether for chronic or acute back pain, massage boasts a host of non-pharmacological benefits that may be able to help you finally address those persistent aches and pains.
Depending upon what type of back problem you are faced with, the course of massage treatment will be different. The most commonly experienced back problems we see at Elements Massage Hampden & I25 are:
- Muscle Strains or Spasms
Whether from lifting heavy items with incorrect form, thrown out backs, or whiplash, muscle strains and spasms stem from a variety of activities. With this type of back problem, the pain is typically severe and can last from a few days up to a few months. Massage can help address the torn or knotted muscles that cause the pain by helping to relax your muscles and boost blood flow (and oxygenation) to the injured area to promote healing.
This specific type of condition and the pain associated with it affects an estimated 5.8 million Americans. It’s characterized by chronic body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Massage can help address the pain, stiffness, and fatigue associated with this condition by helping to distribute pain centers and induce relaxation.
- Spinal Osetoarthritis
This is a different painful condition that accumulates in the back when the cartilage between spinal joints breaks down. Joints in the back then become inflamed and rub against one another, bone on bone. Massage is a great tool to improve circulation and provide pain relief from this bone on bone grinding.