Does your back ache when you've sat too long? Do you ever experience a stabbing sensation when you pick up something heavy? Feel stiff after gardening or home projects? If so, you are not alone. Next to the common cold, back pain is the most frequent complaint heard by doctors. Research and experience show that massage is a safe and effective treatment that can help your back heal and prevent further injury. With massage, appropriate medical care, and common-sense self care, your pain can recede and your back can be come stronger and more flexible.
Pain In Your Back Our modern lifestyle is frequently the culprit in back pain. Hours of sitting at work, home, or in cars can lead to an imbalance between weak muscles and those that are chronically contracted. On top of that, tension and fatigue in back muscles are often aggravated by the stress of a busy life. Tight, weak, or tired back muscles are vulnerable to injury anytime you overdo it. Sometimes it doesn't take much. A sudden jerk or mild twist can cause lingering pain. Conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis can also contribute to back pain. Other factors that play a part include physically demanding work, pregnancy, accidents or falls, poor postural habits, and improper lifting.
The Role of Alignment Either sudden trauma or chronically shortened muscles and fascia (the muscles' protective covering) can pull your joints out of alignment. If this is not addressed, you may have trouble healing. By stretching, lengthening, and releasing shortened muscles and fascia, massage can help your body return to normal alignment. I may also refer you to a chiropractor, osteopath, or physical therapist to help correct your alignment. Massage will complement those treatments by relieving chronic tension, leading to more effective and longer-lasting results.
A Complement to Medical Care The work of your massage therapist and other health professionals can be mutually supportive in bringing you pain relief and easier movement in your back. Massage therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists, as well as chiropractic, osteopathic, and other physicians can all bring unique skills to your assessment and treatment.
Be sure to share with me if you are taking medications or receiving treatments from other practitioners. If you are experiencing severe or persistent pain, it's a good idea to see your primary health care practitioner before receiving massage.
Meeting Your Individual Needs It is important to communicate with me. Each time you receive massage, I will determine how to approach your session based on what you tell me about your progress and pain levels. A series of massages can help an injury heal more completely, leaving you less prone to re-injury. Frequency of sessions will depend on the cause of your pain and your response to massage. People often receive a series of sessions in the beginning to help a painful area calm down. For the future, consider scheduling an appointment at the earliest signs of discomfort to interrupt the cycle of tension and pain before it becomes a problem.
What Else Can You Do? I may recommend other supportive measures for healing and pain relief such as specific stretches and hot or cold applications. I may also help you evaluate your posture, breathing patterns, and sleeping position. Relaxation techniques may help prevent the buildup of stress, which often contributes to tension and pain. I may refer you to a stress counselor if needed. You may find frequent, moderate exercise to be helpful such as walking, swimming, or exercises that strengthen the back, abdominal, and other postural muscles.
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