Massage is the easiest way to reduce discomfort and get you back on your feet faster.
For back pain, to add-on conventional medical care, massage can be a very helpful.
For a flare-up of low back pain, it may take weeks to months to completely recover. In addition to conventional care, such as taking anti-inflammatory pain relievers, getting physical therapy, staying as active as possible, and waiting for the body to heal, massages offers relief in the meantime.
Massage can the return to normal activities speeds and reduce pain, when added to the mix. It’s unclear what type of massage is best for low back pain, on the downside, you will probably end up paying the cost of the massage therapy.
When compared with doing nothing, massage therapy generally seems to be helpful, and it tends to be very safe, “It’s worth a try.”
Finding the right massage
The main challenge is to find the right massage therapy for you. There’s also great variation in the kinds of massage available.
The most common type of massage offered is Swedish massage. Swedish massage involves long, gliding strokes and kneading of the major muscle groups, as well as friction, gentle rhythmic slapping, and vibration.
In the marketplace, there are many other techniques that are deep-tissue, pressure-point, Thai, and neuromuscular massage.
Massage brings more relief than usual care steps such as at-home self-help (such as rest and icing or heating pads) or physical therapy as well as acupuncture. But it is difficult to say for sure what type of massage is best for low back pain and what is the optimal “dose” and frequency of treatment because of the limited size of studies.
Massage also helps in relieving neck pain, knee or hip pain, headaches, or other discomfort related to muscles, joints, and connective tissue. However, the research backing for such applications is not as extensive as for low back pain.
What to do
Do the following, to get the best results from massage:
- Check with your doctor, if you have any concern that massage might be harmful to your back condition.
- For advice about ways that you sit, walk, or work that might be contributing to your pain, ask the massage therapist (or a physical therapist).
- If a medical centre in your area has an alternative or integrative medicine program try to find out. Such programs typically offer massage by qualified practitioners. You can also explore other alternative treatments, such as acupuncture and chiropractic.
- To get a recommendation talk to people you know. Good practitioners generate positive referrals and get good results.
To practice in your state, make sure the massage practitioner is licensed and certified by a national organization such as the American Massage Therapy Association.
Types of massage
There’s more to massage or “body work” than kneading and squeezing of tight muscles. While others were developed more recently, some approaches sprang from traditional medicine. Here are some common options.
- Acupressure (shiatsu) : In the body deep finger pressure applied along “energy channels” called meridians.
- Cranial-sacral therapy : To adjust the balance and flow of cerebrospinal fluid claims to use light touch.
- Deep-tissue massage : To relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissues aggressive massage is required.
- Neuromuscular therapy : Massage to relieve acute or chronic pain.
- Myofascial release : Massage intended to release tension in the connective tissue surrounding the muscles.
- Sports massage : Massage to help athletes prepare for and recover from sports activities.
- Swedish massage : Long strokes with gentle or firm pressure as well as kneading.