Back Massage Therapy
Back pain happens to almost everyone at some point. In fact,
when looking for information on massage, more people search for
"back massage" than for shoulders, knees, hands, neck or any other
part of the body.
Your back has so many hard-working muscles and ligaments that
it's easy to experience strain and pain in different areas
throughout your life. According to the National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke, back pain is the second most
common neurological ailment in the United States. And the American
Chiropractic Association estimates that eight of every ten people
are troubled by back pain at some point.
Studying Back Pain
The Journal of the American Academy of Family
Physicians reports that when controlled studies tested the
effects of therapeutic massage, it was found that people
experiencing back pain received greater relief from soft tissue
manipulation and massage than from a placebo.
When a study in the International Journal of
Neuroscience compared massage therapy to muscle relaxation,
the group of test subjects who received massage reported feeling
less anxiety, pain and depression than people in the other
Massage can help alleviate the muscle spasms which occur when
your rib or thoracic joints lose mobility, thereby helping those
joints function better. It's even possible to increase the mobility
of your sacroiliac joint or tailbone by massaging the gluteal
muscles and releasing tension in the tissues.
Along with enhancing other types of medical treatment, back
massage therapy can provide significant relief of incidental or
chronic pain. Whether chronic pain is due to limited mobility of
the vertebral, pelvic and rib joints or to compression of nerves
through muscle spasm, disease or structural dysfunction, it helps
to find a professional therapist who's experienced in back
Relaxation and Wellness
In addition to pain relief, massage can provide other benefits.
Massage Envy takes a proactive role in improving your overall
health, because regular massage therapy helps your body maintain a
higher level of relaxation. This helps reduce stress, improve sleep
and increase the endorphins that act as natural mood boosters.
Your body can function better after a massage because of increased
circulation, which brings newly oxygenated blood to your
muscles and transports metabolic waste away from your internal
organs. Back massage therapy also provides
greater flexibility, since relaxed muscles and limber joints
allow for improved range of motion.
Types of Massage
Depending on your goals and situation, your massage therapist
may recommend one specific type of massage or a blend of several.
Each type of massage has its own benefits, so be sure to discuss
your back pain with your therapist. You may decide on one particular massage
style and repeat it with every visit, or you may decide to
combine various styles at different times. Either way, you'll
discover how back massage can make you feel more relaxed and
relieved of pain, stress and tension