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Massage and Back Pain

Elements Massage Paradise Valley May 26, 2014

Lower or upper back pain can inhibit how you go about your daily life. By limiting your range of motion, restricting activities, and interrupting your life with pain, back problems, whether acute or chronic, can really get you down. However, massage may be the treatment that you are looking for to help treat your back! Here’s more information that explains the benefits of massage specifically for back issues. Plus, as a non-pharmacological or invasive treatment, massage is a great technique to try out risk free. After all what do you have to lose but that pain in your back?  

Common Back Problems

There are many different types of back problems that see results from massage: 

  • Muscle Strains
    Either in the lower or upper back area, frequently back pain stems from muscle strains. These strains can be caused by lifting heavy objects, sudden jerky movements such as whiplash from a car accident, or overuse injuries and spasms. Usually the pain is severe and can last for days to weeks. When your body experiences a muscle strain, the muscles in your back have been torn and are then inflamed.  Massage works for muscle strains by helping to relax the tight area and boost blood flow to expedite healing. 
     
  • Spinal Osteoarthritis
    Spinal osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage between joints in the spine breaks down. These joints then become inflamed and can cause much pain by having bone rub against bone. Massage can help treat this type of back condition by reducing stress and muscle tension. It can also improve circulation and provide for relief from the pain of the bone on bone grinding. 
  • Fibromyalgia
    This specific condition affects all people differently and it’s important that if you seek out massage, be sure to consult your doctor first. With fibromyalgia, symptoms are characterized by pain, stiffness, and fatigue. Massage can be a great way to help distribute sensitive pain centers and also encourage relaxation and rejuvenation. 

When booking with your local massage studio for back issues, be sure to discuss your specific condition with your massage therapist. If you are unsure of where to start, Swedish massage and trigger point are two excellent modes of massage that bring many of the benefits of massage to the table. 

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