How Massage Therapy Can Help Your Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain can be a debilitating experience. If this pain is chronic, it can interfere with an individual’s ability to function on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, chiropractic care does not always work, pain killers can have too many side effects or the risk of addiction and surgery can leave a patient in worse shape than they were in prior to the surgery. The good news is that massage therapy can significantly alleviate back pain, providing an enjoyable yet effective treatment option to those who suffer from the condition.
The Proof Is In
One study followed adults suffering from moderate to severe lower back pain that had persisted for at least three months. Participants were sent to weekly massage therapy sessions. In one group, massage therapy was focused on the lower back and hips. In the second group, the participants received the ‘usual’ care, such as pain killers, injections, and other treatments. After 10 weeks, people who were in the group receiving massage therapy experienced significantly more improvement in their pain and functioning than those who received the usual care.
The Type of Massage Therapy That Works Best
If you suffer from lower back pain, you will find that there are various forms of massage therapy available. The Swedish style of massage therapy seems to be the form of massage that best treats lower back pain. The good news is that Swedish massage is one of the most popular styles of massage in North America, so finding a qualified massage therapist should be relatively easy regardless of where you live. For best results, sessions should be scheduled for at least once per week and should be maintained on a regular basis to best manage lower back pain.