Category: Back Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: February 17, 2016
Were you lucky enough to get a gift certificate for a massage from your significant other or a secret admirer this Valentine’s Day? Massages can be a great source of relaxation and stress relief, but they can also be beneficial if you are dealing with spine pain. Today, we take a closer look at why massages can help alleviate some types of back pain.
Massages and Your Spine
Although you’ll have a difficult time finding a doctor who will prescribe massages as a form of treatment, you may notice that the occasional massage session will provide some relief from your back pain, Here are some reasons why massages may be beneficial for your spine pain.
- Facilitates Healthy Blood Flow – Massages can help increase healthy blood flow to an area, which brings oxygenated blood to injured parts to aid in the healing process. Improved blood flow is beneficial for back pain that is the result of muscle soreness, soft tissue injury or overstress. If you can’t make it to a masseuse, exercise can also help increase blood flow.
- Decreases Muscle Tension – Muscle tension can cause pain during movement, it can restrict movement and it can make it difficult to complete everyday activities, like walking or sleeping. Massage can help relax tense muscles, which can help decrease localized pain and improve mobility and flexibility. Light and moderate stretching has also been shown to decrease muscle tension.
- Releases Endorphins – The relaxing sensation of a massage can also release chemicals in your brain that can act as natural pain relievers. Endorphins can help ease anxiety and depression, which can put you in a better state of mind to tackle your back pain. When you feel better, you’re more likely to take active steps, like eating a healthy diet or getting daily exercise, to help stop back pain.
Now, it’s important to remember that massages won’t work for all types of back pain, especially if your pain is being caused by an issue like a bulging or herniated disc. Before heading to the massage parlor, consult with a spine specialist to uncover the root cause of your pain and to see if you could benefit from massage therapy.