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By East Hill Medical |    Apr 05, 2018

Lower Back Pain and Massage Therapy

Lower Back Pain and Massage Therapy

A good massage is more than an indulgence and a way to “treat-yourself.”  Not only can the right type of massage leave you feeling relaxed and worry-free, it can also help alleviate some serious pain in your joints and spine. A visit to your chiropractor can tell you what type of massage will yield the best results for your individual condition.

For people suffering from lower back pain caused by muscle tension, massage therapy can be a game changer. Massage therapy can provide healing and pain relief when the right muscles are targeted. In fact, massage therapy may even be more effective in pain management and reduction short-term and long-term than pain medication. In conjunction with chiropractic adjustments and yoga, massage therapy can provide remarkable improvements in back pain.

Patients who suffer from back pain due to stress, age, weight gain or weight loss, muscle tension, or any of the other various and complex reasons for back pain should always receive massages from a licensed massage therapist.  A long-term approach to prevention and maintenance of back pain with patients receiving a set of weekly massages is best. As with most treatments for chronic pain, it will take more than one treatment session to benefit long-term.

Massage therapy ranges from the application of light and deep pressure with gentle vibrations, known as Swedish massage, to slow, forceful movements that penetrate tissue layers, known as deep tissue massage. Both types of these massage therapies can provide pain relief for several months. Only a qualified massage therapist should assess your joints, spine, and tissues to determine which techniques are best for your back needs.

Swedish massage is the most common type of massage therapy. It uses long, sweeping motions, kneading of the muscles, friction using the hands and fingers, and rhythmic movements. It is not likely to leave you feeling sore after your appointment.

A deep tissue massage is just how it sounds. This technique applies deep pressure onto problem areas. A massage therapist will push into stressed and knotted muscles to work out the tension in trouble areas. Although it might feel a bit like torture, that just means the muscles are getting the work out they need. You may feel sore for a few days following the appointment, but that is normal. The goal of a deep tissue massage is to impact the muscle tissue as near to the bone as possible. Deep tissue massage is often effective for people suffering from chronic pain due to injury and scar tissue. However, this type of massage is not for everyone and you should always get a professional assessment before making an appointment for a deep tissue massage.

Through muscle isolation and rejuvenation of the muscles in the back, patients who receive massage therapy can experience an increase of mobility and a decrease in chronic back pain. When stress in the muscles is alleviated, your back can begin to heal. The cause of lower back pain may be temporary. Lower back pain may also be caused by a variety of risk factors such as age, weight fluctuation, pregnancy, an occupation that requires all-day sitting or heavy lifting, and more. Whether your symptoms are temporary or chronic it is a good idea to see a chiropractor to determine if massage therapy can provide some healing and relief.