If you experience lower back pain, you are not alone. In the United States, lower back pain is the leading cause of absenteeism and general disability. Because this condition is often an ongoing problem and is difficult to pinpoint and treat, you may have wondered whether massage therapy would bring relief.
Massage therapy is not appropriate for every patient, so check with your doctor before you begin. If you get the go-ahead, here are some things to consider.
Correctly administered massage therapy can:
· Improves circulation
· Relaxes muscles
· Releases endorphins, chemicals that increase a sense of well being
· Provides short-term, transient improvement in pain
While massage therapy can provide significant relief in certain situations, if you aren’t experiencing complete healing in about 2-3 weeks, there may be an underlying condition that massage can’t address. If the pain and discomfort continues after this time, it’s best to seek out an evaluation from a physical therapist or your general practitioner.
In addition, massage therapy is not covered by most health insurance plans.
People who participate in supervised exercise programs show a greater reduction in pain and improvement in function than those who exercise without continuing guidance.
How can we, at Apex help you?
We can design a fully integrated exercise program to address your lower back pain, with the goal of increased flexibility, pain improvement and restoration of function.
Should you wish to use massage therapy—in addition to exercise—for short-term relief, we can help you find a massage therapist whose approach will complement your exercise program. Please contact us at Apex if you are interested in having an excellent massage by a licensed massage therapist at our facility.
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