Massage Therapy for Lower Back Pain
It’s been decades in the making, but trained massage therapy experts are finally providing mainstream services for individuals suffering from chronic pain throughout Canada. Chronic lower back pain is one of the most debilitating conditions that has long been affecting patients’ ability to perform mundane daily activities such as getting dressed, jogging, or simply getting out of bed. Finding effective medical treatments for low back pain; which is not a result of skeletal or structural irregularities, can be challenging, so more people are looking to massage therapists for assistance.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
A massage therapy specialist may be able to brief you on the causes of back pain but in most cases medical practitioners are needed to identify the underlying causes in some patients. However, in 8 out of 10 cases the main cause is the straining, stretching, or tearing of the ligaments in muscles. An abrupt onset of pain is likely dude to torn muscles, stretched or torn ligaments, or spinal disc problems (often referred to as a slipped disc). A slipped disc is a painful condition that occurs when pressure is added to the discs between the bones of the vertebrae causing it to tear or bulge. It may also cause the cartilaginous plates, which attach the spinal cord to the discs, to press on the nerve tissues, causing excruciating pain.
Medical issues that weaken bones and affect muscles in the body; like osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, and fibromyalgia, may also cause lower back pain. Temporary back pain is also common among pregnant women due to changes in body weight or the structure of muscles and ligaments. Lower back pain can also occur if the baby’s head presses against the spinal cord’s nerve tissues.
Other causes involve poor posture and obesity. In rare cases conditions like tumors, kidney infections, spinal infections, pneumonia, appendicitis, ulcers and other stomach issues, might cause back pain.
How Massage Therapy Helps to Improve Low Back Pain
Many patients have reported improvements in dealing with lower back pain after visiting a trained massage therapist in Toronto, and several researches have validated their reports by revealing that:
- Blood Circulation Improves With Massage Therapy – this helps muscles to recover after extreme physical activities by increasing the oxygen supply and fresh blood helps eliminate toxins.
- Massage Therapy Reduces Muscle Pain – it helps muscles to relax freely, reducing tension that causes muscles to stiffen and may counteract insomnia.
- Therapeutic Massage Improves Endorphin Levels – this is one of the best benefits of massages for lower back pain. Endorphins are a ‘mood enhancers’ that help with feelings of anxiety and depression, making you feel good and reduce pain.
Benefits may vary with each patient so it’s recommended that you visit a medical practitioner before searching for a massage therapy service provider.
Your massage therapist may suggest that you seek other medical treatments like chiropractic care or physical therapy for better results. Many massage therapy experts work in conjunction with an interdisciplinary healthcare body to provide patients with effective treatment and evaluations.