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Can Massage Therapy Help With Chronic Pain?

Whether it’s from stress, overworking, injury, illness or another health condition, chronic pain can significantly take away from one’s quality of life. Chronic pain can limit a person’s ability to perform well on the job, manage responsibilities, participate in social gatherings, and more. As stated in Medical Daily, the 2012 National Health Interview Survey reported a total of 25.3 million people across the United States suffering from severe levels of chronic pain – and this number has likely increased. The opioid crisis has stemmed from many people attempting to treat chronic pain but overusing their prescriptions. Opiate abuse has also contributed to that. While medication can be an effective form of treatment for this issue, holistic remedies can also be beneficial – such as massage therapy.

Massage therapy is “the manual manipulation of soft body tissues such as muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments”, to promote a person’s health and well-being. A 2017 study published in the journal Pain Medicine sought to explore the effectiveness of massage therapy on individuals with chronic low back pain. A total of 104 participants recruited were eligible for 10 massage sessions with community licensed massage therapists. Researchers assessed individuals’ improvements at 12 and 24 weeks. Overall, results from the study showed that 49% of participants were clinically improved in chronic pain at 12 weeks, and 40% at 24 weeks.

For chronic pain, massage therapy can serve as a non-invasive form of treatment along with interventions such as acupuncture, exercise, yoga, chiropractic services, and more. In addition to relaxation, massage therapy can provide a plethora of other benefits:

    • Improves sleep
    • Relieves tension headaches
    • Decreases stress
    • Increases one’s range of motion
    • Lowers blood pressure

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) stated that according to the Consumer Survey, 72% of individuals surveyed stated their main reason for seeking out massage therapy was either for 1) medical reasons or 2) stress. If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today about incorporating massage therapy into your treatment program. You may be able to find a holistic intervention to relieve some of your pain and promote your mind, body, and spirit.

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