Types Of Massage Therapy For Pain
Pain management is a multi-billion dollar industry. The success is understandable, as the products basically sell themselves.
Who doesn’t want to get rid of pain and discomfort? Persistent, chronic pain has become one of the most common ailments in the world, rivaled only by tooth decay and the common cold.
However, what is the reason, why are we subjected to this life-altering condition?
Well, a chronic pain diagnosis is quite vague, because our bodies are covered with pain receptors. Besides our hair and nails, every part of our body could be subjected to intense discomfort.
Illness is a persistent reality of the human condition, and if you are afflicted, you should seek medical attention. Agony due to disease or trauma is understandable and often treatable. Painkillers are often prescribed, blocking nervous signals and ameliorating the symptoms until the injury or infection is treated.
The Slippery Slope Of Prescription Pain Killers
Despite their temporary effectiveness, painkillers are designed to provide temporary comfort. A sort of life raft that eases suffering until one is able to reach the shore. The problem comes when some doctors think of them as a permanent solution, treating this last ditch effort as a dietary supplement, which, typically results in their patients becoming addicted.
In addition, tolerance builds rather quickly as more and more painkillers are needed by the body to achieve the same results. Moreover, let’s not overlook the obvious phenomenon of diminishing returns, our kidneys and livers will be destroyed by constant drug use.
Nobody is advocating their removal from society, especially when facing trauma cases. The issue of chronic pain is more complicated, and there are other options that may generate better results.
Counseling, group therapy, massages, and even herbal supplements can help the individual, without compromising his/her long-term health and without addiction and side effects.
Causes Of Back Pain
Although it is hard to establish the exact numbers, estimates show that 70% of the adult human population suffers from back pain. How can this be so common?
Well, the issue is not caused by a virus or bacteria, it is a design flaw. The human spine is a wonder of biology, a complex alignment of vertebrae. It is so important, that we use the term “backbone” to describe things that are indispensable, fundamental.
However, spines are a great idea, not a perfect one. It seems that they are adapted for creatures that run on all four legs. Human spines are just modified versions of their quadruped counterparts.
We must also consider that our bodies are far heavier in the front, with two massive pectoral muscles or glands.
Our backs are constantly striving to support us, and keep us from falling on our faces. None of that strain is felt when we are young and the body is strong, but as we age so do the posture muscles.
Types Of Massage
Massages are not cures, but they are quite effective in ameliorating chronic back pain. A good massage can get us through the week, as it provides relief for our sore muscles.
Here are a few useful massage techniques for back pain:
Trigger point massage: This is a more specialized approach. It specifically targets the sore areas, and applies regular, intense pressure. This unwinds the tense muscle, and helps it to relax.
Head massage: Due to their highly innervated structure, the cranium and spine column are extremely sensitive to inflammation. By massaging the bones of your temples and scalp, it encourages blood flow and relaxes tense muscles that often put pressure on nerves.
Swedish: An overall tension release that abandons the specific targeting of the trigger point, in favor of a light touch. This not only gets rid of back pain, it also relaxes you and improves your mood.
Deep Tissue: A deep tissue massage is an intense rub down where the massage therapist goes deep into the muscle to alleviate tension and stress. It is similar to Swedish massage, but pressure applied is deeper and is known to release more chronic muscle tension by manipulating the deepest layers of muscle tissue, fascia, and tendons.
Caution And Safety With Massage
It is advisable to get massage from a licensed and well-trained massage therapist that understands the body, the pressure points, and how to alleviate pain. Injury can occur and pain can be made worse when the masseuse is not an expert.