Massage for Chronic Pain

By Kathy McCready

We know that therapuetic massage helps you relax, clear your mind, and decrease stress. But did you know that we can use massage for chronic pain? Research has shown that massage helps to lower the heart rate and blood pressure, increase circulation and endorphins, and relax muscles. Endorphins, in fact, are the body’s natural pain killers. 

In a survey by Research America, a medical—research advocacy group, 57% of adults said they’d experienced chronic pain in the last year, 84% of those who suffered pain said they would rate it at 4 or above on a scale of 0 to 10. Back and spine topped the list, followed by arthritis and joint pain, headaches/migranes, knee and shoulder pain. According Cherkin, Eisenberg in the April 2001 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, massage is effective for providing long-lasting relief for patients suffering from chronic low back pain. Data collected from nearly 10 years ago indicates that therapeutic massage promotes relaxation and alleviates the perception of pain and anxiety in hospitalized cancer patients.

Medical massage is a very sophisticated form of therapy performed by highly experienced massage therapists, usually at instructor level. It addresses very specific soft tissue complaints and pain syndromes by utilizing specialized techniques like trigger point therapy and deep muscle stripping. Areas of soft tissue complaints are neck, shoulders, back, hips, knees and feet or whiplash, intra-scapulae entrapments, rotator cuff complaints, low back pain including piriformis and sciatica pain, and plantar fasciatis.

Where can you find therapeutic and medical massage?

At Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness in New Providence. Our team of massage therapists is state certified to perform these types of massages and other modalities including Thai, Hot Stone, Oncology, Pregnancy, and Rain Drop Therapy massages. We also offer packages of massages such as 20, 10 and 5 session packages at a discounted cost. Massage is accumulative and over a period of time the body can experience significant changes as far as greater ease of movement, greater range of motion and significantly less pain and discomfort.

Read more about the massages and all of the wellness services offered at Providence! Integrated Health and Fitness, and please visit us at 18 South Street in New Providence, or call us at (908) 898-0008 for more information.

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