Massage therapy techniques
If back or neck pain is lowering your quality of life, massage therapy can be an effective conservative treatment. Back pain is something nearly all of us experience at some point in life — in fact, an estimated 90 percent of people experience lower back pain.
For most, the pain is minor and usually goes away with rest or over-the-counter medication. When your back pain becomes chronic and persistent, massage therapy works by relieving tension in the back, increasing blood flow, endorphin levels and mobility.
Massage therapy seeks to give you pain relief by manipulating your muscles and other soft tissues. In situations where back pain is primarily muscular in origin, releasing the source of tension fixes the pulling that causes pain and inhibits movement. Specific techniques of massage therapy consist of varying pressure being placed on muscle groups in the neck and back. A massage therapist uses their fingers, hands and even elbows to introduce just the right amount of pressure to help relieve tension against the pinched nerve in your spine.
One surprising benefit of massage therapy is that it can help to identify exact sources of the pain if a particularly sore spot causes a patient to cry out. While one or two sessions can feel very helpful, massage therapy can require numerous sessions over several weeks before lasting relief is achieved.
In addition to massage, there are many other conservative, non-invasive treatments for back pain that are proven to be helpful. Always consult with your doctor to find a course of treatment that is best for you. Common options include:
- Pool therapy
- Lumbar stabilization exercise
- Hot or cold packs
- Physical therapy
- Pain medication, anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants
- Chiropractic care
- Healthy diet and weight management
- Posture improvement
If several months of massage therapy or other methods haven’t brought the pain relief you require, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our compassionate team of experts can tell you how our minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization spine surgeries can help free you from chronic neck or back pain.