Releiving Chronic PainRelieving Chronic Pain with Massage
Chronic pain is an invisible intruder that leaves those suffering from it feeling isolated and hopeless. The first instinct of many is to turn to prescription painkillers to manage the pain, but this opens the door to risky side effects such as dependence and addiction. Thankfully, there are many holistic, natural methods of chronic pain management that provide relief safely and effectively. One of the most effective ways to relieve chronic pain is through massage.
How can massage help chronic pain?
Massage is a therapeutic method that involves muscle manipulation and pressure to promote deep tissue and muscle relaxation, improved blood flow, and the release of body toxins, stress and tension. It is also a great way to calm the body and unlock the mind’s constant focus on coping with pain.
Massage is useful for relieving all types of chronic pain, including injury, Fibromyalgia, back pain, arthritis, migraines, and more. The cause of chronic pain is different for everyone, and a good massage therapist can hone in on your specific trigger points and origins of your pain through three main ways:
* Reducing muscle tension. Injuries and stress can cause muscles to contract around a painful site to protect the area. If this muscle tension isn’t dealt with promptly, it can lead to chronically tight muscles that can press on nerves and cause pain, numbness or tingling. Massage helps relieve this by stretching tight muscles and stimulating the nervous system to relax muscle tension.
* Improving circulation. Tight muscles don’t allow blood to flow freely through your body, and this poor circulation leads to a build-up of toxic waste that leaves your body feeling fatigued and sore. This toxic waste can also irritate nerves and cause the pain to spread. Areas with poor circulation often develop trigger points that spread pain and tingling to other areas of the body. Massage is a great way to release these trigger points and stimulate blood flow so that these toxins can be flushed away.
* Improving movement. Chronic pain can make it difficult to move and perform daily activities. Over time, this lack of movement encourages muscles to remain contracted and increases stiffness and pain. Massage improves range of movement by softening and lengthening connective tissues through stretching and kneading.
Chronic pain is a vicious cycle that creates painful trigger points, shortened muscles and irritating waste products that lead to even more pain. Massage for chronic pain relieves this by releasing trigger points, restoring normal movement and removing harmful toxins. In addition to the physical benefits, it also leaves you feeling renewed and energized and ready to conquer the day.
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, a massage therapy program can help you regain control of your life. At Southern Therapies, we understand that treating pain means healing both the mind and the body. We believe in the use of physical, natural and psychological treatment for pain management. This treatment may include Deep tissue massage, Relaxation massage, Meditation, Heat Therapy, Light Therapy or even Crystal Healing or Reiki.