Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek out medical attention in the United States. However, there are very few medical treatments that can successfully relieve lower back pain. Often times, patients who suffer from lower back pain have tried injections, chiropractors, medications, and even surgery, and haven’t found the relief they are looking for; according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, at least $50 billion is spent by Americans each year on lower back pain related issues. As more and more research is conducted to find a solution to this aggravating and relentless condition, studies have shown that massage therapy can be an effective treatment for lower back pain. Many health care professionals are now recognizing routine massage therapy sessions to be extremely beneficial and have a positive effect on chronic lower back pain.
Massage is good for much more than a pampering session. A study conducted at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami found that “massage lessened lower back pain, depression and anxiety, and improved sleep. Improved range of motion and higher levels of serotonin and dopamine were also recorded.”
In further studies across the nation, patients with moderate-to-severe back pain were given weekly massages (both whole-body and specific targeted massages to the lower back and hip area). Compared to those that dealt with their lower back pain by taking medication, seeing doctors or chiropractors, or receiving physical therapy, the patients that participated in weekly massages reported greater improvements in pain and functioning.
According to David Reyes, a physical therapist at the New York City Hospital for Special Surgery, explained that lower back pain is often caused by a strained or pulled muscle that tears and heals with scar tissue that “doesn’t necessarily conform to the existing muscle, which can interfere with muscle function.” Massage can offer relief by working on these soft tissue injuries and working out the scars.
If you suffer from lower back pain, consider incorporating weekly massages into your schedule. You have nothing to lose, except the pain! The student clinic at our School offers both 60-and-90-minute affordable and comprehensive Thai and Western (Swedish/Deep Tissue) Massages. Book your massage online and find the relief you are looking for.