Back pain and massage
- Monday, 05 December 2016
If you’re suffering from back pain, you aren’t alone. The fact is back pain is the most common complaint seen by doctors. It comes in many forms and degrees of severity. Perhaps you experience back pain or stiffness when you sit down for too long, or following strenuous activity such as sports or gardening. Or you may have strained your back doing some heavy lifting.
Whatever the cause of your pain, the good news is that massage can help. And we are the experts of sports and deep tissue massage in Fulham and surrounding areas!
Massage is a safe, proven and highly effective means of treating back pain and preventing further injury. In fact, combined with appropriate medical advice and some simple home care, massage can very often eliminate back pain altogether.
Understanding back pain
The cause of much back pain is rooted in our modern lifestyle and habits. Long hours at the desk or in the car take their toll, resulting in imbalances that cause the muscles in the back to tighten and become weak, leaving them susceptible to injury. All it can take is a sudden jerk or twist to cause severe pain. Other common causes of back pain include conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis, physically demanding work, pregnancy, accidents or falls, poor posture and lifting.
The benefits of massage
Massage is a highly effective means of soothing away tension and reducing pain in muscles that have been injured or are in spasm. It also reduces tension and eases pain in the areas surrounding the injured muscles.
Massage boosts circulation, helping to improve the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. This reduces swelling and helps remove the toxins that can cause irritation. Injured muscles and ligaments are then able to function normally, meaning that you heal quicker. Massage also aids flexibility, enabling you to enjoy an increased range of movement and making it less likely you will suffer from an injury.
A sudden injury, shortened muscle or fascia (the muscle’s protective covering) can often pull a joint out of alignment. Massage can correct misaligned joints by stretching and releasing the shortened muscles and fascia. If necessary your therapist may also suggest you see a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist to help correct your alignment.
Research studies have shown that people who suffer from stress or anxiety may also experience increased lower back pain. If you’re dealing with stressful events, you may be more susceptible to pain. Massage is highly relaxing and is an extremely effective way to relieve stress and calm the nervous system, easing pain and leaving your body more flexible.
Other support for ongoing care
At Fulham Massage & Wellness your massage therapist may also recommend other steps you can take to ease your back pain. These might include hot or cold compresses, exercise techniques, such as yoga or Pilates, or even something as simple as changing a pillow.