There are many reasons we develop pain, and even more reasons we cannot get rid of it. Massage therapy can be a very beneficial way to reduce or even relieve pain. But, as many have found out, often times, the relief is short lived. Other times, there is no relief at all.
Clinical massage seeks to get to the root of the pain by dealing with all the causative and perpetuating factors contributing to it, as well as targeting the specific muscles involved. More often than not, the source of the problem is not the specif site of pain.
Once massage has minimized or relieved the pain, it is important to address the other involved factors. If there is an underlying disc issue that leads to chronic muscle spasms, the involved muscles need to be stretched regularly.
If there are weakness in the muscles, they need to be strengthened to facilitate correct posture. Poor posture is a common source of pain, many times due to short, tight muscles, with the opposing muscles being weak. Pain relief will be temporary until these issues are addressed.
Diet can play a huge role in muscular pain symptoms. There are many toxic chemicals in our food that do cause physical problems, with the most common being headaches. Anyone who has experienced MSG headaches can relate.
Weight, of course, is another cause for pain. I recently had an over weight client lose 15 pounds and was amazed at how much less pain he was in.
There are also disease related pain issues. MS, Parkinson's, Fibromyalgia, to name a few. Diseased organs can also cause pain. Kidney stones or bladder infections often cause low back pain.
Perpetuating factors are not always able to be done away with. People who hunch over a computer all day can't quit just quit working. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to minimize the effects of the positional strains their job places on their bodies.
Even in cases where there are structural problems, such as disc herniation's and joint issues such as arthritis, clinical massage can still greatly minimize the pain. A person needing knee surgery often times puts it off for as long as possible. The longer they wait, the more pain they will be in, and the more areas will be affected. The painful knee causes the person to limp, throwing the gait off, and the whole body out of alignment. The therapist may not be able to fix the knee, but can address the muscles that have been thrown into a non-neutral position, causing pain in the hip, low back, upper back and even the neck.
If you are suffering pain, call the MUSCULAR INJURY SPECIALIST for a complete evaluation. 239-560-1820