Back pain happens to almost everyone. Usually, it feels like an ache, tension or stiffness in the back.
There are a number of things that can cause back pain- an injury, including a sudden movement or fall, long working hours- especially desk jobs, or a medical condition.
About 80 percent of us will experience back pain at some point in our lives.
Research reveals around one in six Australians have back pain each year. Most are of working age and an equal number of women and men are affected.
Seeing a doctor is the first thing that comes to our mind whenever we experience back pain. Taking prescribed medications is not the cure you are looking for back pain. It can get you relief from pain but side-effects come along the way.
You should opt for a natural treatment- Massage. Massage therapy is a perfect treatment for back pain.
The Journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians reports when controlled studies tested the effects of therapeutic massage, it was found- “People experiencing back pain received greater relief from soft tissue manipulation and massage.”
Also, a study in the International Journal of Neuroscience compared massage therapy to muscle relaxation, the people who received massage reported “feeling of less anxiety, pain and depression than their counterparts.”
Massage therapy can help alleviate the muscle spasms which occur when your rib or thoracic joints lose mobility, therefore helping those joints function better. Here’s how back massage can help-
Relieve lower back pain
After a strenuous workout or sitting at a desk all day, your back muscles are likely to be tense from overuse or repetitive use. A good back massage can help soothe tired muscles and relieve aching pain in lower back.
Alleviate upper back pain
Repetitive motion or immobility can cause neck and shoulder pain. With the help of upper back massage, the tension in that area is released, thus reducing the pain from migraines.
Release “feel-good” chemicals
A back massage stimulates the production of endorphins, dopamine and serotonin. These are the chemicals that make the body feel good. Generally, these are considered happy hormones that promote feelings of contentment and calmness. In this way, it helps manage pain and prevents the occurrence of anxiety and depression.
Aching pain in the back can keep you awake all night long. A massage can help relax the tired muscles and relieve tension, thus helping you sleep longer. When you get a restful sleep, it contributes to a healthy and happy you, living a life free from aches and pains.
Integrate a regular massage in your healthcare regime and say ‘goodbye’ to unwanted pains.