Benefits of Massage Therapy for Back Pain
Nearly everyone experiences back pain in one form or another at some point. We use the muscles of the back in bending, lifting, twisting, and many other functions of daily life. When the muscles and ligaments of the back strain or get sore, back massage therapy can help to relieve pain and help you achieve greater relaxation and relief. Back massage therapy also helps reduce anxiety and depression in a gentle, noninvasive fashion.
The benefits of back massage therapy are many. Benefits include:
- Relaxation: Relaxation of tense or injured muscles helps you feel better physically, which helps you feel better emotionally as well.
- Better sleep: Relaxation helps you get the best night’s sleep. Healthy levels of sleep promote better concentration, mood, mental health and overall wellbeing.
- Increased circulation: Back massage stimulates circulation, increasing blood flow and bringing oxygen and nutrients to major organs and to the muscles of the back.
Massage alleviates muscle spasms and can even increase the range and mobility of muscles and joints. While massage therapy can certainly eliminate temporary pain, regular massage also reduces chronic pain caused by limited mobility, compression of nerves, disease, or dysfunction. And when your body maintains a higher level of relaxation, you experience improved sleep, more energy, and a better mood– all things that point to better overall health. This is thanks to increased circulation promoted by massage. Massage stimulates newly oxygenated blood to the muscles. Relaxed muscles and more limber joints also increase flexibility for a wider range of motion.
Types of Back Massage Therapy
- Swedish Massage: The most common type of massage therapy in America which uses gentle pressure to relieve pain.
- Deep Tissue Massage: Deeper pressure is applied across the muscles for concentrated relief.
- Hot Stone Massage: Smooth stones covered in warm water are placed on the back to help increase circulation and relax tension.