Posted on September 22th, 2022
Ever had a back massage? If you are one of the millions of back pain sufferers, you might want to consider this form of therapy to help relieve your pain. Here are 5 things you should know about therapeutic massage.
DOES IT WORK?
Massage is a popular therapy that helps millions of people with a wide variety of spinal conditions, including:
Using hands or specialized tools, a massage therapist kneads, rubs, and strokes the affected muscles to increase blood flow (circulation) throughout the body. This, in turn, delivers oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and helps eliminate any acids or other waste products that accumulate there, thereby relieving pain.
TYPES OF MASSAGE
There are many types of massage, but the most common ones are:
How to Find a Massage Therapist
Word of mouth: Talk to a friend who gets massage therapy.
Your doctor or nurse: Many doctors and nurses are very knowledgeable about different forms of complementary and alternative medicine, including massage.
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA): This organization represents massage therapists around the world.
Make sure your massage therapist has:
Belongs to a national organization such as AMTA, which requires members to follow specific practice standards and a strict code of ethics.
If you don't like the idea of someone giving you a massage, don't have time to go to a therapist, or it costs too much, consider giving yourself a massage. There are many types of hand-held massagers that can help increase blood flow and relieve pain. Usually just a few minutes on the affected muscles can provide pain relief.
Of course, before getting a massage or starting any type of therapy or treatment, talk to your doctor or nurse. Make sure there are no restrictions on the type or duration of massage you can get. Keep in mind, therapeutic massage is not for everyone. Talk to your doctor if massage does not help relieve your pain or increases your discomfort.
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