Lower back pain can be excruciating. But before you reach for an over the counter pain killer, you might want to give this natural alternative a try.
Lower back pain can be debilitating problem. Chronic pain can cause aches and pains on a daily basis. Or it can seemingly come and go with the weather — causing intense pain one day and then disappearing with the next.
Back pain is often divided into three categories by the medical community: nonspecific; back pain associated with spinal conditions; and back pain caused by another disease.
Nonspecific low back affects about 85% of patients. This type of back pain is thought not to be related to any other serious condition. The second category involves back pain associated with spinal conditions, such as sciatica or a vertical compression fracture. The third category involves back pain that is associated with another specific cause, such as cancer.
Many seek medical attention to try to deal with the nagging condition of back pain. In most cases, drugs in the form of painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications are prescribed for people seeking relief.
If you\’re not keen on taking medication indefinitely, consider massage therapy as an alternative remedy. A team of researchers performed a massive review of randomized clinical trials from the U.K. and the United States in which massage therapy was used to treat pain. The researchers found clinical trials that covered four types of chronic headache, as well as a number of trials that used massage therapy to treat back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. They found that massage therapy, more than any other type of therapy, was most effective in the treatment of neck and back pain.
This treatment is probably the safest, easiest way to soothe any painful muscle or joint in your body. Tell the therapist about your condition, so that he or she can focus on the back and neck muscles. Massaging can boost circulation and relieve pressure on nerves. It’s even possible that massage could replace pain-relieving drugs or the need for surgery.
Here’s another thing to consider: Swedish massage. Swedish massage is a gentle, rhythmic massage that can be used to relax and encourage healing in tendons and muscles. It is lighter in touch than other forms of massage and includes long, flowing strokes, kneading, and friction techniques on different layers of the muscles. It can loosen stiff joints, reduce muscle tension, and help clear nasal or chest congestion as well. Swedish massage will help with your overall well-being too — giving much needed relief from focusing on symptoms of chronic back pain.
If you’d like to give massage a try, check with your healthcare provider to be sure it’s appropriate for your condition. For example, in some cases of sciatica or herniated disc, it may not be advisable to get a massage. And always make sure you go to a good massage professional.