Massage may be Better for Your Back than Surgery

Often back pain is treated like a mechanic fixing a broken part. Studies are finding that regaining strength will not only speed recovery and lessen pain, but prevent future episodes of back pain. Neuromuscular massage is better at relieving pain, helping people regain mobility and regain strength than more conventional surgical methods, and without the side effects.

Massage is Better Than Opioid Pain Relievers for Back Pain

Since 2010, the use of MRIs to diagnose back pain and powerful pain relievers to help back pain have increased by more than 50 percent. Unfortunately, conventional approaches don’t always work, and the risks of becoming addicted to opioid pain relievers is very real. A better first step is to try neuromuscular massage to relieve the pain and restore movement.

Why does your back hurt?

Standing upright requires the spine to support the weight of the upper body while remaining flexible enough to bend in many directions. The back’s complex set of bones, muscles and ligaments get a workout every time you move. Disks between the bones intended to cushion movement can slip, bulge or press on spinal nerves causing pain. Plus, disks wear and shrink as we age. If you have back pain, a good neuromuscular massage can help relieve the pain and restore your flexibility.

Tai Chi is Good for Back Pain Sufferers

Tai Chi is often recommended for people who have chronic back pain because it combines slow, gentle movements with deep breathing and meditation. Especially for people who have range of motion issues with their backs, Tai Chi is a great exercise regimen to get you moving again.

The Insurance Industry is Slowing Coming Around to Massage Therapy for Back Pain

One problem the medical community needs to solve is that insurance companies are often happy to cover the cost of a doctor’s visit and prescription drugs, but are just now coming around to more effective therapies that include massage therapy.

Massage Eases Back Pain

Recently, the American College of Physicians issued new guidelines for back-pain treatment, stating that non-drug treatments should be tried first. And in a new Consumer Reports study, 80% of people who had experienced back pain found relief with a combination of yoga, tai chi and massage therapy.

Valerian Root Eases Muscle Pain and Spasms

Valerian Root for muscle cramps and spasms. Valerian root is most widely known for its treatment of insomnia and anxiety, but also has natural analgesic properties that help with muscle pain, and muscle relaxant properties that help lessen the severity of muscle cramps. Valerian is known to lower blood pressure, so should be taken with caution by people who are being treated for hypertension, as the additive effects may lower blood pressure too much.

Strengthen Your Core

Strengthening your core muscles helps out with every day, ordinary activities as well as organized sports. The stronger your core, the better you’ll feel after exertion. If you experience stiffness or soreness, a good neuromuscular massage will have you feeling better in no time.

Stretching and Flexibility Go Hand in Hand

Stretching before and after exercise, as well as on a regular basis during periods of inactivity will give you better posture, and fewer aches and pains.

Stretching increases blood flow and circulation to your muscles, but it also gives your brain a boost according to wellness experts, often leaving those who stretch feeling cheerier.

Periods of inactivity such as sitting are hard on your glutes and hip flexors, so standing up to stretch can keep them limber and less prone to injury when you do exercise.

You need a healthy, flexible back for nearly every type of activity, so giving your back a good stretch can prevent injury.

One of the best benefits of stretching is better balance. Especially for older people, stretching can bring your body back into balance which can help prevent falls.

If, after stretching, you are still feeling tight, sore, or your range of motion isn’t what it should be, come in for a good neuromuscular massage. Massage reduces pain and increases range of motion.


Massage can Help Patients Being Treated for Cancer

One benefit of massage is that it brings a feeling of well-being and relaxation which can help with the stress, anxiety or even depression associated with dealing with cancer treatment. Massage increases the body’s production of endorphins which elevate mood and flushes the waste product, lactic acid, out of muscles.

Massage also relieves pain and stiffness, increases mobility and reduces pain.

The National Cancer Institute found that more than half of their cancer centers offer massage as an adjunct to traditional treatment especially for those patients who suffer from fatigue.