One of the most common issues we hear about at Elements of Rockville Centre is lower back pain. Luckily, there are numerous massage techniques that can help relieve it.
5 Massage Techniques that Alleviate Lower Back Pain
1. Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is a barebones, no frills massage that involves long strokes and some tapping. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to alleviate tension in the body, which is often responsible for lower back pain.
Since Swedish massage is one of the most basic massage techniques and usually involves a moderate pressure level, it’s often recommended for people who are receiving massage therapy for the first time.
2. Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses many of the same techniques as Swedish massage, but with a much deeper pressure level, as its name implies. It’s recommended primarily for people who experience severe or chronic back pain, since it penetrates deep into muscles.
Because of the pressure level, it’s normal for deep tissue can cause you minor discomfort during and after your massage session. Licensed massage therapists tend to start relatively lightly, and apply deeper pressure as the massage session progresses. They will be more than happy to adjust their pressure level at your request, so don’t hesitate to communicate with them.
3. Hot Stone or Himalayan Salt Stone Massage
Both hot stone massage and Himalayan salt stone massage involve smooth, sterilized rocks that have been heated in distilled water. Your licensed massage therapist may place them along your back, and also use the stones as an extension of their hands.
Similar to heating pads, hot stones are great for back pain for the following reason:
- They cause blood vessels to dilate, increasing the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the area
- They stimulate sensory receptors, which decrease pain transmissions to the brain
- They cause muscles and soft tissues to become more pliable and less stiff, which alleviates pain
4. Trigger Point Therapy
While other modalities tend to focus on the entire body, trigger point therapy prioritizes a specific problem area. If you tell your licensed massage therapist that you’ve been suffering from lower back pain, they will spend more time working on your lower back.
The aim of trigger point therapy is to break up muscle knots, or sensitive areas of tight muscle fibers.
5. Prenatal Massage
Pregnancy is a notorious cause of lower back pain, and yes! Massage therapy can help to relieve it (as long as you’ve received approval from your doctor).
At Elements of Rockville Centre, we have specially-designed massage tables for pregnant women to lie down on safely and comfortably. Your licensed massage therapist will use light pressure to release tension in your lower back. Prenatal massage is also great for coping with other changes your body undergoes during pregnancy.
These massage techniques might not cure back pain forever, but they certainly make it easier to manage.