Back pain can be excruciating. You never realize just how often you use the muscles in your back until you’ve strained one of them. Then it feels like someone’s stabbing you with every little movement. Luckily, massage therapy can help. There are several different ways massage therapy can assist with your lower back pain—read on to find out if it can help you.
Benefits of massage therapy
Research has shown that massage therapy is quite effective in treating some types of back pain. Not only does it help encourage circulation to the muscles, but the gentle stretching and pulling will soothe your aches and pains:
- Improves circulation: When your muscles are stiff and sore, they’re not getting enough blood flow. Massages naturally encourage more circulation in your muscles, which helps you recover from stiffness and soreness—whether that’s from an intense workout, bad posture or a poorly-executed dance move.
- Relaxes muscles: Massage therapy also relaxes your muscles, which can improve your range of motion and even reduce insomnia symptoms. If you’re struggling to sleep due to your back pain, get a massage.
- Leads to increased endorphins: Endorphins are one of the body’s “feel good” chemicals, which are increased when you get a massage. This makes massages a very good option for managing your chronic back pain.
Massage therapy to reduce muscle pain
There are many different types of massage therapy available, from light, soothing touches to deep tissue, neuromuscular massage that will break up scar tissue and promote healing. If you’re not sure what kind of massage therapy to try, ask your massage therapist. They’ll be able to help you choose a treatment that’s right for you:
- Quadratus lumborum muscle massage: The quadratus lumborum muscle is in your lower back. It helps you bend your head backward and move from side to side, thanks to several layers of muscle tissue. This muscle can be strained when you lift heavy objects, slump in a chair or over a sink/countertop/desk or run on uneven pavement. You may feel a dull ache in your lower back, or a sharp, stabbing pain and stiffness. When you get a massage to address this muscle area, your therapist will need to stretch and massage to reduce pain. If nerves are trapped in the muscle tissue, you may need more than one session to help reduce pain.
- Gluteus medius muscle massage: The gluteus medius is your hip abductor, which allows you to move your leg sideways, like when getting out of a car. If you have previous injuries to this muscle, stand for long periods on uneven pavement or overuse your hip abductors, you may feel pain in these muscles, from your hips into the back of your thighs.
Suffering from back pain is rough, but regular massage therapy can help you overcome lower back pain. Working with a massage therapist will promote better circulation, relaxation and pain relief, so you can get the most out of your everyday life. To book your next appointment, call Better Living Massage Center today.