Massage therapy treatment can help many conditions, and affect both the body and the mind. We will discuss five common conditions that massage therapists commonly treat. This will include: low back pain, sciatica, stress related disorders, tension headaches, and musculoskeletal injuries. Learn how massage therapy can help!
1. Low Back Pain
Low back pain (LBP) is an extremely common complaint. More than 80% of Americans will suffer from LBP during their lifetime. This can be related to many factors, to include muscle tightness, movement dysfunctions, certain conditions such as disc herniations and spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the space between the vertebrae). LBP is often decreased or even eliminated completely by massage therapy techniques, and people are able to get back to the activities they love.
Sciatica is a condition that is characterized by radiating pain down the back of one or both legs. There can be numbness, tingling, sharp pain or even weakness experienced. This can be related to low back issues or compression of the nerves as they exit the spine and continue down into the legs – or both! Often, massage therapy will help to relieve these symptoms.
3. Stress Related Disorders
There are many disorders that can be caused by stress. Stress can affect both mind and body and is even linked to chronic pain. Stress can also be linked to depression, anxiety and other disorders that affect someone’s quality of life. Massage therapy helps to decrease the stress reaction in the body and mind – allowing people to relax and rest. This is important for our nervous system to be able to be relieved from the constant “fight or flight” response that stress may cause.
4. Tension Headaches
Tension headaches are commonly caused by tightness in the muscles of the head, neck and shoulders. The tightness can cause tension and radiating pain to the face and head and cause headaches. Massage therapy can decrease muscular tightness, pain and related headaches, as well as improve neck range of motion and flexibility.
5. Musculoskeletal injuries and post-Injury Rehabilitation
After someone has a musculoskeletal injury, they may benefit from massage therapy for post-injury rehabilitation. Injuries can cause pain, tightness, stiffness, swelling and other dysfunction in the body. This can cause people to move or walk abnormally, which can also affect how our body’s function. Massage therapy treatment helps to decrease these post-injury symptoms, and help people recover faster and with more ease.
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