Kick Chronic Pain to the Curb with Massage Therapy

Massage therapy isn’t just an indulgence! It is really about your health. That is why so many people use massage therapy to help with chronic pain, including neck stiffness and back pain. 


Did you know that chronic pain impacts 50 million U.S. adults?! Back and neck pain, as well as many other types of chronic pain, can disrupt our daily lives and affect our performance and ability to focus. 


So how can massage therapy help with chronic pain, specifically neck and back pain? Let’s take a look!


The Research

One study took a look at 25 previously published studies and found that massage therapy was better at reducing sub-acute and chronic back pain (but not acute back pain) and improving function in the short term compared to an inactive treatment. Compared to other treatments thought to be beneficial, massage therapy was found to be better for pain in the short and long term. 


Another review examined previously published trials on massage for acute or chronic low back pain. In eight of the nine trials, massage was more effective than other interventions, such as exercise, relaxation therapy, acupuncture and other treatments. 


Types of Massage for Back or Neck Pain

There are three effective types of massage therapy for neck and back pain. No matter which treatment you choose, we recommend getting regular massages to get the most benefit from this therapy. 


Swedish Massage: The first is Swedish massage, sometimes known simply as massage therapy. This therapy uses long, smooth strokes along with oil or lotion. It is one of the most common types of massage in the U.S. and most people who have never had a massage start here.


Deep Tissue Massage: This type of massage therapy targets the deeper layer of muscles and connective tissue. It is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, posture problems and repetitive strain. It is worth noting that there may be some level of discomfort during a deep tissue massage. It should not be painful, however, you may feel a little sore after the massage due to the nature of working deeper muscles. 


Shiatsu: This is a form of Japanese bodywork. If you prefer to remain fully clothed during a massage, this may be the right treatment for you as clothing is typically worn during a treatment. During a shiatsu massage, the therapist applies localized finger pressure to points on the body. Because the pressure is localized, it will feel deep. 


Start Feeling Better Today!

We are known for our healing massage therapy! We understand that no two individuals are alike and that is why we offer 100% customized massages to fit your specific goals and needs. We offer 30, 60, 90 and 120 minute sessions. We also offer a variety of massage techniques. If you aren’t sure what type of massage is right for you, give us a call today at 720-445-5228.