Are you looking for ways to better manage any physical pain or discomfort you are experiencing? The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has compiled research since 2000 that indicates massage can provide pain relief for a variety of conditions—from lower back pain to reducing discomfort and anxiety in cancer patients. One study conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles “found that massage reduces pain and muscle spasms in patients who have multiple incisions” according to the AMTA.
Why and how does massage help with pain management? One reason is because massage therapy takes a holistic approach to the body, rather than focusing on just the focal point of the pain. Another reason is because massage often helps the individual become more aware of his or her own body.
Finally, the simple impact of being touched by another human being helps people deal with pain better and become more comfortable with their own bodies.
The Mayo Clinic agrees that massage offers many pain management benefits and adds, “Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.” While massage should never take the place of regular medical care, it can be a highly effective and complementary part of your total health care plan.
We offer two types of massages at Goddelijke Massage that can assist with pain management. Our Relax Massage is recommended for people with chronic pain while our Deep Tissue Bamboo massage deep pain relief.
Worried that massage is simply a means to pamper yourself and relax after a tough day? Don’t be. Actually, as the Mayo Clinic says, “massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever.”