Back pain is a serious issue; in fact it is one of the leading causes of workforce disability and a huge burden on healthcare expenses worldwide. Four out of five of us will suffer from back pain at some point during our lives. It is the second most common reason for visiting a doctor or massage therapist to find some form of relief. Conventional treatment options for back pain include over-the-counter painkillers, rest, heat packs, and epidural steroid injections. One option that is becoming more and more popular and widely accepted is remedial massage.
Does Remedial Massage Help Back Pain?
What’s so great about remedial massage for back pain is that it is a cost-effective, safe and noninvasive complementary alternative treatment with no side effects and therefore it is one of the most suitable options in the treatment, management, and prevention of back pain.
Remedial massage therapists use specific massage modalities to address the soft-tissue and structural dysfunctions causing the pain. These techniques are applied directly to the muscles that are the source of pain and discomfort. Some of the common massage modalities used by remedial massage therapists are listed below:
- Deep tissue massage
- Relaxation massage
- Dry needling
- Trigger point therapy
In addition to this, remedial massage also produces a systematic relaxation effect with release of endorphins and other hormones, contributing to primary and secondary healing effects.
The basic aim of using these massage techniques is to ease the muscular tension found in large muscles around the gluts, spine, hip flexors, and hamstrings. This in turn helps release pressure on the surrounding nerves, improve blood circulation, improve muscle tone, and improve posture and flexibility thereby reducing pain and discomfort.
To get the maximum benefits from treatment you need to include stretches and exercises into your daily regime. Our therapists will provide you with a range of stretches and exercise specific to your issue.
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