Relief From Chronic Pain With Massage
Therapy. Those of us who are in chronic pain
know how valuable relief can feel. Pain can
debilitate and isolate you in every area of
Those who experience
chronic pain cannot see their pain, but it
is a real part of their everyday existence.
According to the American Pain Association, 86
million Americans suffer from chronic pain.
Physicians hear the complaint of pain more
often than any other symptom from patients who
come to their offices for relief. Physicians
face the fact that they cannot themselves
measure their patients pain nor can they
observe it as they do other symptoms.
They turn to a variety of treatment plans to
help their patients cope with chronic pain,
included in these plans often is "massage
therapy". Ancient civilization physicians
actually practiced massage on their patients
themselves; today they refer their patients to
massage therapists. These licensed massage
therapists are trained in the human anatomy,
physiology and pathology.
They spend hours physically practicing the
art of massage, learning how to manipulate
muscles and the soft tissues of the body.
Massage can help with lower back pain, the pain
of arthritis and also the pain felt by
The Touch Research Institute of University
of Miami School of Medicine located in Miami,
Florida; has conducted studies that centered on
whether or not there were any beneficial
effects of massage therapy. Their findings
dealt with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Labor
pain, Fibromyalgia and back pain.
The study results found a variety of relief
regarding decreased intensity of pain felt,
less morning stiffness, a decrease in the
degree of anxiety felt because of pain, and
even the experience of better sleep patterns
due to better pain management.
Some studies also concluded that better
mobility could be demonstrated after massage
therapy. The research done through these
studies shows that pain suffers can find a
measure of relief when adding massages to other
You can find more information about the work
that the Touch Research Institute conducts by
visiting their Website http://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/
Massage therapy has been shown to boost the
immune system by stimulating endorphins, which
are your body's natural pain relievers.
Physiological pain conditions are not the
only "pain" that can be relieved by massage
therapists. The pain of depression, anxiety and
tension symptoms can also be relieved by
Most diseases today can be associated with
, so reducing stress by
massage techniques can help most diseases
simply by reducing tension in muscles and
relaxing the massage clients.
Massage has been a long time component of
pain relief. Over 3,000 years ago ancient
Chinese and Indian folk medicine included
massage. Greek and Roman physicians first
brought massage techniques to the western
Theraputic Massage Terms and
apply pressure when we massage
the muscles it increases the
something that helps the body
bring fresh supplies to the
muscles as well as removing
This is what
relaxes us and envigorates us
at the same time.
Licensed massage therapists begin their
treatments with gathering a complete
medical history and an examination of where
the pain is located on your body.
The therapist will know just what
techniques to use to loosen specific
connective tissues, reduce the sensations
of pain and to help improve the structural
alignment of the client's body.
The massage may also include ultrasound or
electrical tools and also heat or cold pain
relief as well during the sessions.