Massage for Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain plagues people of all ages. Anyone involved in sports, lots of physical labor, or sports a bad posture succumbs to back pain. Back pain may be a nagging one throught the day or sharp radiating pinch that send you to bed. Often the problem starts with tense soft tissues on one side and some slacking soft tissues on the other. Such imbalance pulls your vertebral bones out of alignment and creates a condition for bulging discs and compressed discs. Massage helps rebalance soft tissues so that your bones get an even pull on all sides. Often massage will address other surrounding areas such as glutes, hips and legs that may also be involved in back pain. Therefore, massage can become your ally to achieving mobility and becoming pain-free. Most importantly massage definitely helps one avoid unnecessary back surgeries by proactively relieving pressure off of compromised vertebrae.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lower Back Pain
One reason for back pain has been rheumatoid arthritis. This condition, unlike some others described above, has an internal origin, which means that soft tissue pain and tension acts
more like a symptom than actual cause of the problem. Lower back rheumatoid arthritis symptoms can also include feelings of tingling, weakness, or a loss of coordination that can affect the arms or legs. Your gait, or the way you walk, may become irregular, and may be accompanied by weakness and problems keeping your balance. Changes in bowel or bladder control such as incontinence or inability to urinate can also occur.
Fortunately, certain massages, such as myofascial massage, acupressure, and lymph drainage massage can still help alleviate these symptoms and help the person enjoy better quality of life in every physical aspect.
Some important ways massage benefits people with rheumatoid arthritis include:
Alleviate Low-Back Pain and Improve Range of Motion.
Ease medication dependence.
Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
Increase joint flexibility.
Lessen depression and anxiety.
Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
Reduce spasms and cramping.
Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
Relieve migraine pain.
Sports Injuries and Lower Back Pain
Many sports injuries can result in lower back pain. Many such injuries
first effect the soft tissue network, or myofascia, in which muscles, blood vessels and bones are organized sin such a way that all tissues are spaced out efficiently and pain-free. Whenever an adhesion forms in this myofascial network, due to any misuse or injury, the spacial relationship becomes distorted and muscles may start to push on nerves and pull bones out of functional alignment. This leads to bulging or compressed discs.