Back pain affects more than half of Americans at some point in their life. No matter your age, weight, job, or outside stresses, your back can be overworked, fatigued, and hurt for periods of time. For any type of back pain, and chronic pain especially, simply taking painkilling medications is not your only option, and there are other methods that can help relieve pain over time.
Studies have shown that a massage for back pain can be a great way to manage the pain and get relief. Massages can not only relieve short-term pain, but also help with chronic back pain and your overall health. Massages improve circulation, ease muscle tension, and help with flexibility.
A basic massage, the type most people are familiar with, involves laying on a massage table, or straight surface, face-down. Sometimes a pillow is placed beneath one's ankles, which helps support the lower back. Lotion or oils are often used in massages to reduce friction and help muscles warm up and relax. Many professionals can offer a back pain massage, and target areas that will specifically relieve back pain. A basic, or Swedish massage, can be an excellent way to relieve short-term pain and help you relax.
Deep tissue massage
A deep tissue massage is similar to a basic (or Swedish) massage, except it involves more pressure in order to ease tension in deeper levels of muscle tissue. This type of massage is especially good for relieving chronic back pain. It can lower blood pressure and heart rate, while encouraging the release of more oxytocin and other stress-relieving hormones. It's best to find someone who specializes in deep tissue massages, and can help you target chronic pain and relieve it through multiple sessions. Though a deep tissue massage involves significant pressure, it should never hurt, and targets your deepest muscles that could be causing chronic pain.
The best way to get the same benefits of a massage at home is to use a massage mat. Massage mats offer many of the same benefits as a traditional massage, and can cost less and be used at home whenever it is convenient for you. Most massage mats only require that you use them for about 15 - 30 minutes a day to notice relief. These mats can also be used while you're sitting and working, or laying down, and can even be slept on. Like traditional massages, massage mats help promote better blood circulation and can ease tension in the muscles that cause you pain.
If you experience any type of back pain, you don't have to suffer through it or take pain medications alone. Look into a professional massage or massage mat to help you ease everyday back pain.