Therapeutic Massage for Back Pain
In today’s cubicle-based work environment, poor ergonomics attributes to an ever growing segment of back pain sufferers. Hunching over a computer at an improperly fitted desk or sitting in an unsupportive chair is the top reason why 54 percent of desk workers suffer from chronic back pain.
With workplaces being more sedentary posture-related pain from sitting most of the day can irritate even a healthy back. Many back injuries occur over time. The more stress your back absorbs from hunching at your desk included repeated irritating movements like using a computer keyboard or smartphone, the more minor injuries begin to compound and weaken the muscles in your back. Those small injuries add up and can lead to your need for a visit to the massage therapist.
What is Therapeutic Massage?
Incorporating holistic massage, which treats the whole person and aims to not only eliminate physical pain, but mental tension, can help restore balance within the body. The philosophy believes that every part of our being is interconnected—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual—in order to achieve maximum health benefit.
How Massage Works
Once your massage therapist treats the tightened muscles, many people feel relief and reduced pain after the first visit. It’s not unusual for you to feel some stiffness or pain after a therapeutic massage. It may take one to three days for the soreness to resolve.
In taking a holistic approach, your therapist will take care to address your physical aliments while learning more about you, your life, and your environments. This will help him or her to conclude if your neck or back pain goes beyond physical pain, but may in addition be linked to mental stress incurred at the workplace—40% of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful, cites the American Institute of Stress—or at home. Your therapist will then begin to administer your massage understanding how to make it most beneficial to you.
After your massage, your therapist may recommend drinking a bottle of water. Water helps your kidneys and other organs to flush out toxins released during your massage. Since your muscles are 75 percent water, drinking after your treatment helps to nourish and replenish them, as well.
Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
- Eases or eliminates upper and lower back pain (including the neck)
- Helps immunity
- Improves mental health and focus by releasing serotonin and endorphins
- Helps fibromyalgia
- Reduces or removes headaches caused by back strain
- Stops insomnia related to pain (and stress)
- Comforts soft tissue strains or injuries, including those sports injuries
- Increases blood flow to the affected area and the surrounding muscles so that the muscles can receive healing doses of oxygen
- Improves clarity
- Lessens mental strain
- Helps restore concentration and focus
- Boosts mood
- Calms anxiety
- Reduces stress
- Relieves symptoms of depression
- Improves outlook