Do you want to improve your health and heal chronic pain? Here is how massage therapy can help.
Did you know that over 20% of the US population suffers from chronic pain? This staggering percentage accounts for more than 50 million Americans seeking medical care for their chronic pain as it hampers their daily lifestyle and productivity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it affects more people than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.
Many people turn towards prescription drugs or OTC pain killers for pain relief and management. Not only do these medicines carry high addiction risks, but they can also be harmful, resulting in several side effects when taken for a long time.
But what if we told you that there is a much safer and holistic way to manage your pain? Massage therapy for chronic pain management is one of the most effective options that can help you improve your health condition tremendously without any side effects. It is one of the best alternatives to harmful pain relief medications.
The best part? Several scientific studies and active research into the effects of pain management massage therapy have showcased brilliantly positive results. Participants suffering from chronic pain have reported feeling a significant reduction in overall pain level, better emotional well-being, a high level of relaxation, and a significant improvement in their ability to sleep. You can read more about scientific studies incorporating massage therapy into their pain management programs here.
Getting regular massage therapy sessions for pain relief can also help you recover faster, improve your mental health and aid your healing process. Even healthcare professionals recommend massage as a holistic approach to your healthy self.
Pain management massage therapy helps you relieve pain by several means, including applying varying pressure, relaxing painful muscles, tendons, and joints, reducing stress, and more. Massage therapy can also help enhance circulation and increase muscle relaxation, improving mobility and overall lifestyle.
If you are considering pain relief massage therapy, here are some massage therapies that can help you with your treatment.
Deep tissue massage: If you have been suffering from chronic pain due to sports injuries, sprains, fibromyalgia, or other musculoskeletal issues, deep tissue massage therapy can help you manage your discomfort much more effectively. Deep Tissue massage therapy uses firmer pressure and targets the deepest layers of muscle tissue to break up scar tissue, reducing muscle and tissue tension.
Trigger point massage: If you have been dealing with back pain, sciatica-like symptoms, tendonitis, joint pains, hip pain, temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ), you could benefit significantly from a trigger point massage. This type of massage concentrates directly on a specific area. The difference between a generalized muscle contraction and a trigger point is that the trigger point, when pressed, will refer a sensation (ex; pain, tingling) somewhere else on the body. These areas are often tender regions. These trigger points are usually strained muscles that cannot relax due to poor blood flow in the area. These manual therapy techniques are highly-specialized and are designed to correct pain and movement dysfunction by treating trigger points. As this technique deals with hypersensitive sites, your massage therapist must be highly skilled.
Swedish or Therapeutic massage: This type of massage is perfect for people who deal with pain due to their stressful lifestyles. For example, if you feel neck, shoulder, or back pain from sitting at your computer desk, a Swedish massage can help you relax and manage acute pain by enhancing blood flow and reducing muscle tension. Swedish massage techniques also aid in the movement of fluids in the superficial layers of tissues, thereby alleviating some types of pain.
In addition to the above types of massage therapies, we also offer a wide range of services such as Compression Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, and other forms of bodywork like Cupping, Taping, or Isolated Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). These therapies can help you manage your chronic pain depending upon your pain pattern, underlying health issues, or injuries.
You may be wondering about how you can avail the benefits of pain management massage therapy for yourself or someone you know. Finding a trained and qualified massage therapist can be pretty tricky; you need someone who can understand your condition and work with you to form the optimum treatment plan.
Luckily, your search ends here!
At Proactive Massage and Bodywork, we can help you manage your chronic pain effectively and holistically. Our experienced and licensed massage therapists can help you personalize your session to your needs for the best results.
Be pain-free with us today; contact us to book your appointment here.