Most people will have experienced lower back pain at some point in their busy life. Often, lower back pain is a common reason people miss work or decide to seek medical help. We are all guilty of pulling or picking up objects that are excessively heavy for us (such as boxes or children) or slouching so low that our bodies are set like concrete.e

Low back discomfort can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term) and can last up to 12 weeks. It is frequently caused by normal age, extended periods of sitting, a lack of activity, hard lifting, or an injury. Massage therapy is proven to be a useful therapeutic option, particularly when the low back discomfort is caused by muscular tension.

Causes of Back Pain

  • Strain
  • Structural problems (such as ruptured disks, sciatica, arthritis, and osteoporosis)
  • Poor posture or movement
  • Sleep disorders
  • Infections
  • Shingles

Risk Factors of Lower Back Pain

  • Age (starting around age 30 or 40)
  • Lack of exercises
  • Excess weight
  • Diseases (such as arthritis)
  • Improper lifting
  • Psychological conditions
  • Smoking
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetic factors

Lower back discomfort is also more frequent in women than in males, which might be attributed to hormonal causes. Back discomfort has also been connected to stress, anxiety, and mood problems.

Does Massage Therapy Help Back Pain?

There are a lot of published studies that demonstrate Lower Back Pain Therapy helps. Therapeutic massage is thought to be useful for chronic lower back pain and can bring long-term advantages such as:

  • Pain is reduced or eliminated
  • Muscle tension is relieved
  • Improves blood circulation¬†
  • Aids in the reduction of stress and anxiety
  • It expedites the return to routine activities
  • Traditional therapies, such as taking anti-inflammatory pain medicines and using cold or heating pads, are supplemented

Therapeutic massages are performed by a certified physical therapist or a massage therapist. It is also the most in-demand service in mobile or In-Home Massage Therapy. Massage will be included as one component of a therapy plan that may also involve activities such as mild exercises and stretching by a physical therapist. 

Types of Massage Therapy

  • Whole Body Massage – promotes general relaxation
  • Structural Massage – targets muscles from the buttocks and up to the neck

Styles of Massage Therapy

  • Swedish Massage
  • Shiatsu
  • Trigger Point Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage

Other types of massage exist, such as Reflexology, Neck Pain Massage Therapy, and Sports Massage, but the ones listed above are the most prevalent. Massage treatment can provide much-needed comfort for persons suffering from back discomfort. Because every situation is different, no recommended set amount of sessions is needed.

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