Can massage ease facet disc pain?

Facet disease, or spinal arthritis, can be a debilitating condition for some patients. Using massage as a tool for pain relief can be helpful, as it can stimulate blood flow and release muscle tension. It should be noted, however, that it is always advisable to check with your doctor before scheduling any type of massage. Additionally, you should only use a certified massage therapist who specializes in treating neck and back conditions.

Facet disease symptoms

Facet disease is characterized by degenerative changes within the facet joints primarily as a result of aging. These joints link the vertebrae in the spine and allow for bending and twisting. Through normal wear and tear, the cartilage that lines the facet joints begins to break down, which can lead to increased bone-on-bone friction. As a result of this action, pain, stiffness, tenderness and inflammation may develop in and around the affected joint. Additionally, the friction can cause bone spurs that can potentially compress or irritate nearby nerves. Separate symptoms of nerve compression include localized nerve pain and radiating symptoms of pain, tingling, weakness, cramping, spasms and numbness in the arms or legs.

Seeing a massage therapist

Your massage therapist should perform a thorough intake interview before beginning any sort of facet disease massage treatment so he or she is aware of what spinal areas and movements trigger pain. Your therapist may initially perform long, fluid massage strokes to warm the muscles and promote blood flow to the area, all while avoiding excessive pressure in painful, arthritic areas. Deeper, more targeted massage may ease muscle spasms and release tension around the affected joint.

Laser Spine Institute

Massage therapy can be an important part of a comprehensive treatment plan that offers lasting relief and the ability to comfortably engage in daily activities. However, if weeks or months of treatment has not offered the relief necessary for a good quality of life, spine surgery can become an option. As you explore your treatment options, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our minimally invasive spine surgery. Our outpatient procedures can be performed with a less than 1-inch incision and offer our patients no lengthy recovery and a reduced risk of complication compared to traditional open neck or back procedures.^

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