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Back Pain


Back pain happens to almost everyone at some point. Your back has so many hard working muscles and ligaments that it's easy to experience strain and pain in different areas throughout your life. It is estimated that eight of every ten people are troubled by back pain at some point.

FINDING RELIEF Massage can help alleviate the muscle spasms which occur when your rib or thoracic joints lose mobility, thereby helping those joints function better. It's even possible to increase the mobility of your sacroiliac joint or tailbone by massaging the gluteal muscles and releasing tension in the tissues.

Along with enhancing other types of medical treatment, back massage therapy can provide significant relief of incidental or chronic pain. Whether chronic pain is due to limited mobility of the vertebral, pelvic and rib joints or to compression of nerves through muscle spasm, disease or structural dysfunction, it helps to find a professional therapist who is

experienced in back massage.

RELAXATION AND WELLNESS In addition to pain relief, massage can provide other benefits taking a proactive role in improving your overall health, because regular massage therapy helps your body maintain a higher level of relaxation. This helps reduce stress, improve sleep and increase the endorphins that act as natural mood boosters.

Your body can function better after a massage because of increased circulation, which brings newly oxygenated blood to your muscles and transports metabolic waste away from your internal organs. Back massage therapy also provides greater flexibility, since relaxed muscles and limber joints allow for improved range of motion.

TYPES OF MASSAGE Depending on your goals and situation, your massage therapist may recommend one specific type of massage or a blend of several. These include:

Swedish or Relaxation Massage -- the most common modality with light to medium pressure Deep Tissue Massage -- deeper pressure across the grain of your muscles Shiatsu -- pressure is applied to specific points (meridians) on the body. This form of massage also focuses on rotating and stretching limbs, joints, and pressure points.

Each type of massage has its own benefits, so be sure to discuss your back pain with your therapist. You may decide on one particular massage style and repeat it with every visit, or you may decide to combine various styles at different times. Either way, you'll discover how back massage can make you feel more relaxed and relieved of pain, stress and tension.

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