If you are like millions of other people, you have at some point in your life experienced pain. It may have been acute and you felt better quickly or it may be a chronic problem that never seems to go away and doesn’t respond to any attempts to relieve it.
Pain is an indicator that something is not right within our bodies. All of us experience it in different ways. Something that is painful for you may not be painful for someone else and vice versa. Pain is difficult to understand, often hard to pin point and also hard to relieve. There are times when even an effective pain reliever doesn’t do the trick.
If you have been at the mercy of pain in your life, you may be wondering what alternatives there are to traditional pain management. In this post, you’ll find some valuable information on how massage can be an effective pain management tool.
Recent studies have shown some alarming stats about pain:
- 1/3 of Americans suffer from chronic pain
- 14% of all employees take time off from work due to pain
- U.S. companies lose an estimated $90 billion each year to sick time, reduced productivity, and direct medical and other benefit costs due to chronic pain among employees. (National Institute of Health)
What can we do about this?
When you think about massage, most often the image that comes to mind is a quiet, relaxing room with candles and nice music. Often the setting we imagine is a luxurious spa. Massage is no longer just a luxury. It is no longer a service that only the wealthy and professional athletes can afford. Massage is a valuable therapy for relieving and managing chronic pain as well as acute pain.
Chronic pain is defined as a pain that persists for longer than a month, and is either sporadic or constant. The most common chronic conditions are headache, low back pain, cancer and arthritis. A recent survey by the American Massage Therapy Association found that 26% of people with chronic pain suffered a strain by lifting a heavy object; 22% suffered an accident or injury; and 21% suffered from headaches stemming from tension in the upper back, neck and shoulders.
In 2014, two independent clinical studies were performed that concluded that massage therapy eases pain and improves recovery time for people suffering from low back injuries and burns. The Scientific World Journal survey polled those who had used massage therapy and those who had used NSAID (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) to manage their pain with chronic conditions such as low back pain, spinal degeneration and other disc diseases and spinal pain. The study found that pain was significantly reduced with massage therapy and the level of disability showed significant improvement.
In other words, massage is good medicine! (Read more about the survey research here).
The AMTA survey I mentioned above went on to poll the participants who had used massage to manage their pain. 96% said they would seek massage to reduce their pain again. For some, massage has worked better than any other therapies they’ve tried. (Read more about the AMTA survey here).
Massage makes you feel better than other traditional treatments.
The great news is that the health care community is on board!
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations suggests that massage therapy should be one means to manage pain without the use of pharmaceuticals.
So how can I help you?
After graduating from massage school in 2003, I went on to take a 100 hour course in orthopedic massage and pain management. I was taught specific techniques to assess and address chronic pain conditions such as frozen shoulder, thoracic outlet syndrome, rotator cuff injuries, low back and hip conditions, and knee, foot and ankle injuries. I have been practicing this speciality ever since with amazing results for my clients. I have worked on site for factories and companies with the goal of keeping employees healthy and functional. I had an 80% success rate with keeping those injured employees from opening workmen’s compensation cases. This saved the companies quite a bit of money, along with less time off and increased productivity. Learn more about me here. To schedule an appointment in the Chicagoland area, click here.
Massage is not alone in treating chronic pain. Chiropractic is a very effective tool for dealing with chronic pain and maintaining overall health. Click here to learn more!