Low back pain! Massage is a Better Solution to Over the Counter and Prescription Drugs!

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If you have low back pain, you are not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has pain in the low back that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on pain.

Pain in the low back is the most common cause of job-related disability. This pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States — only headache is more common. Fortunately, most occurrences of low back pain go away within a few days.

A great way to reduce the recovery period if you have a strenuous job is receive a massage either bi-weekly or monthly. Others take much longer to resolve or lead to more serious conditions.  Acute or short-term low back pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks.

Most acute back pain is mechanical in nature — the result of trauma to the lower back muscles or a disorder such as arthritis. Pain from trauma may be caused by a sports injury, work around the house or in the garden, or a sudden jolt such as a car accident or other stress on spinal bones and tissues. Symptoms may range from muscle ache to shooting or stabbing pain, limited flexibility and/or range of motion, or an inability to stand straight.

Occasionally, pain felt in one part of the body may “radiate” from a disorder or injury elsewhere in the body.  Some acute pain syndromes can become more serious if left untreated.  Chronic back pain is measured by duration — pain that persists for more than 3 months is considered chronic. It is often progressive and the cause can be difficult to determine.

Massage can be a powerful solution to the situation. It should be noted that not all back pain can be resolved with massage. If massage has not improved, reduced or eliminated the pain within a few days, you should seek consultation with your primary physician.

Over the counter or prescription pain killers are going to mask the pain. They have no ability to correct the imbalance in the body. Most low back injuries are due to faulty body mechanics.

Pain relievers will be a quick fix that may be just what you need depending on your situation. The error in judgment comes from using pain killers and continuing on with the activity that caused the pain in the first place. The drug will block out the pain, the continued strain will increase the pain (which will be felt when the drug wares off) and possibly the amount of tissue damage.

Body mechanics refers to the way we move during every day activities. Good body mechanics may be able to prevent or correct problems with posture (the way you stand, sit, or lie.) Good body mechanics may also protect your body, especially your back, from pain and injury. Using good body mechanics is important for everyone.

Not all back pain is a result of low back injury. Many pain related situations are referral pain from other areas of the body. Some injuries to the neck or cervical area may eventually lead to low back pain and vice versa. Some low back injuries may lead to neck pain.

The back is an intricate structure of bones, muscles, and other tissues that form the posterior part of the body’s trunk, from the neck to the pelvis. The centerpiece is the spinal column, which not only supports the upper body’s weight but houses and protects the spinal cord — the delicate nervous system structure that carries signals that control the body’s movements and convey its sensations. Stacked on top of one another are more than 30 bones — the vertebrae — that form the spinal column, also known as the spine. Each of these bones contains a roundish hole that, when stacked in register with all the others, creates a channel that surrounds the spinal cord.

The spinal cord descends from the base of the brain and extends in the adult to just below the rib cage. Small nerves (“roots”) enter and emerge from the spinal cord through spaces between the vertebrae. Because the bones of the spinal column continue growing long after the spinal cord reaches its full length in early childhood, the nerve roots to the lower back and legs extend many inches down the spinal column before exiting. This large bundle of nerve roots was dubbed by early anatomists as the cauda equina, or horse’s tail. The spaces between the vertebrae are maintained by round, spongy pads of cartilage called intervertebral discs that allow for flexibility in the lower back and act much like shock absorbers throughout the spinal column to cushion the bones as the body moves. Bands of tissue known as ligaments and tendons hold the vertebrae in place and attach the muscles to the spinal column.

As well as, seeking the assistance of a massage therapy professional to help relieve low back pain with traditional massage techniques, other options may include assisted dynamic stretching and strengthening.  Aron Mattes has spent the last 30 years teaching us how to heal our low back pain with an new form of stretching.  No longer should we be utilizing static stretching that we may have learned in the school yard during recess. 

In addition Self Therapy can relieve low back pain by helping to release chronic tissue restrictions.  Chronic areas of restriction can develop what the medical community calls trigger points.  These areas of pain referral known as trigger points can be released by using tools that allow pressure to be directed into to muscles that commonly refer pain into the low back.  To learn more about how to relieve your own low back pain scroll to the bottom of the page to watch Gery Crowley joint pain relief videos.

The most common reason for pain and injury to the back is poor body mechanics while lifting an object.

Here is a guide for safer lifting:

  • The first woman is using poor body mechanics!
  • Your feet should be apart, in a standing position.
  • Keep your back straight.
  • Lower your body to get close to the object.
  • Bend from your hips and knees.
  • DO NOT bend at the waist.
  • When turning, rotate your whole body, not just your back.
  • Hold the object by putting your hands around it.
  • Keeping your knees bent and your back straight, lift the object using your arm and leg muscles. Do not use your back muscles.
  • If the object is too heavy ask another person to help you.

When you suffer severe pain, you are willing to do almost anything to get relief. Many people with chronic back pain are prescribed pain medication to help manage the pain. Painkillers are not really "painkillers"; they are more like "pain maskers". Although painkillers do help relieve your pain to some degree, they are only effective for a period of time before the pain returns. This is because pain medications treat the symptom of back pain and not the cause of the pain. Therefore, they may be a short-term solution to a long-term problem.

Massage Therapy performed by a professional with several years of experience may be a better long-term solution.

Low back pain can be treated with multiple types of massage therapy and different cultures will address this pain with similar yet unique methods.

The following video gives us an introduction in to Kalari Marma Hot Oil Massage.

The most current research on low back pain tells us that to eliminate or prevent it we must keep moving. Depending on the daily demands of our time we may be required to spend long periods of time either performing the same motion over and over again or in a static seated position. Both of these situations are common to many of us and can lead to chronic pain.

Active ROM testing along with functional assessment from a licensed professional massage therapist with active forms of therapy which may include AIS, MET, SRT, MFR, or NMT among many other possible modalities will assist the individual with chronic low back pain become and remain free of pain.

Here are Effective DIY Techniques for Relieving Low Back Pain

In addition to actively receiving massage therapy we offer the following information as part of our continue mission to help promote health and wellness. Get Massage Smart thanks Gary Crowley for his mission to help individuals learn how to get themselves out of pain. Gary Crowley shows how to effectively release specific muscular areas at home to help reduce and eliminate pain.

Video One Pain Relief

Video Two Pain Relief

Video Three Pain Relief

Video Four Low Back Pain and Buttocks Relief

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