Tips for Treating Back Pain With Massage
If your back pain is chronic, try to
Hi, I'm Missy Anderson, licensed massage therapist and owner of Barefoot Body Works in San Luis Obispo, California. I'm here for About.com today to talk to you about treating back pain with massage.Whether you've experienced a severe back injury, or simply have a lot of tension in your back due to stress, massage can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort you're feeling.All licensed and certified massage therapists will have you fill out a health history questionnaire prior to beginning your massage. Be sure to provide detailed information about your back pain including any injuries or corrective surgeries you've undergone. Your massage therapist will review your information, likely ask some questions, and ultimately adjust her massage techniques to address your specific back pain issues.If your back pain is chronic, try to schedule massage treatment on a consistent basis. This will vary by individual and should be discussed in advance with a primary care physician, however, two-to-four times a month is usually ideal for those whose back pain is present, but manageable.Choosing the right massage technique for your needs is the next step in the process of treating back pain. Swedish massage is the basis for all therapeutic massage in the United States and will address both lower and upper back pain, but there are many other options to choose from as well. If you're new to massage, beginning with Swedish is a safe choice and will serve as an appropriate gateway to other massage treatments.Take some time to explore the alternatives. Hot stone massage, for example, uses smooth heated stones to both massage and relieve tension in certain areas of the body, with the major focus given to the back. Ashiatsu is an ancient technique; also known as Oriental Bar Therapy, this type of massage is also good for certain types of back pain.Your state of mind plays a huge role in the overall success of your massage treatment, so do your best to relax before, during, and after your appointment. Try not to schedule a massage on a particularly busy day or between business meetings. The more you're able to focus on your body and the massage, the more you'll feel the positive effects. There are several different massage techniques that can help reduce back pain, but finding the one that's right for you is key.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.