Massage Therapy for Back Pain
Muscles, ligaments and discs in your back do a big job, supporting your spine and moving the weight of your body. Good posture, exercise and correct body mechanics can help keep your back flexible and strong.
Massage therapy can help your posture by stretching shortened muscles and fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles and other tissues), helping the joints move more feely, and relieving muscle contractions that can pull your body out of alignment.
Massage therapy is becoming more commonly accepted in the medical community as a credible treatment for many types of back pain. Research shows that massage therapy has several potential health benefits for back pain sufferers including increased blood flow and circulation, which brings needed nutrition to muscles and tissues. This aids in recovery of muscle soreness from physical activity or soft tissue injury (such as muscle strain).
In addition to traditional massage, Cupping Therapy is an excellent treatment to decrease tension specifically in back muscles. A glass or plastic cup is positioned over the treatment area and depending on the type of cup being used, a vacuum (negative pressure) is created by reducing the pressure inside the cup, therefore stretching the underlying tissues up into the cup. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, sedate the nervous system, and promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments. Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available for superior results in releasing rigid soft tissue, draining excess fluids and toxins, loosening adhesions, lifting connective tissue, and brining blood flow to stagnant skin and muscles.
Massage therapists do not diagnose medical conditions nor is this information intended to replace medical counsel. It is always advised to consult your physician first when you are seeking pain relief as there are many conditions with similar symptoms and some of them are life threatening and require medical attention.