Decrease anxiety/depression associated with low back pain
Back pain can be disabling. Eighty percent of Americans experience one form of pain in their back during the course of their lives. Back pain is the third most common reason for surgery.
The spine is an incredibly complex structure of bones, muscles, nerves, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Injury or disease affecting any one or more of these structures can often trigger an episode of pain.
Lower back pain: is often caused by a muscle strain. The pain can be anywhere in the back from the low back to the base of the neck. Massage is proven to give relief to muscles that become inflamed and spasm. In more serious cases, the pain caused by a degenerative condition, such as arthritis, disc disease, or disc herniation can be relieved and preventative support can be given through massage therapy. Many physicians recommend that their patient incorporate massage therapy into their recovery and maintenance programs.
Upper back pain: while less common than lower back pain, is on the rise due to the type of work and commuting that people are exposed to. Computer work, gaming and driving for long periods of time all cause pain in the mid-back between the shoulders as well as referred pain that radiates down the arms.
Going without care can result in the muscles of the lower back becoming atrophied and can significant weakness, leaving you open to further undue pain and injury.
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*Therapeutic massage is not a substitute for medical diagnosis and treatment and that benefits will vary for each individual