It is estimated that approximately 90% of North Americans suffer from some form of back pain. Back pain is usually classified into 3 different stages of healing, acute, subacute, and chronic. Massage Therapy can aid healing in all three stages. During the acute or subacute stage, Massage Therapy is used to decrease pain and swelling, promote relaxation and limit the inflammation process. During the chronic phase Massage Therapy helps with stretching any scar tissue, reducing trigger points, and increasing mobility. If your low back pain lasts longer than 3 months it is important to see a health care professional such as a Doctor or Chiropractor as the source of pain may be from conditions of the discs or facet joints of the spine.
The most common causes of back muscle strains:
When you consider that low back pain is the second most common cause of missed workdays, the leading cause of disability between the ages or 19-45, and is the number one leading impairment in occupational injuries, you may ask yourself what you can do to prevent or manage back pain.
To prevent back pain:
To manage back pain:
How does massage help back pain sufferers?
Massage will help relax and lengthen any tight muscles that could be causing nerve or tissue compression, which causes pain. Massage promotes relaxation that can bring pain relief and increase circulation that will in turn promote healing.
There are a number of theories as to why massage helps relieve pain. One theory suggests that tense muscles release chemicals and toxins that cause pain and perpetuate the pain cycle, so relaxation massage may help to break this pain cycle. Another theory suggests that the pressure of massage may stimulate a physical reaction in the body that blocks the “gates” to pain receptors.
Massage Therapy has been proven to help those who suffer from back pain, and the benefits last far longer than the period immediately following the massage treatment.