The Journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians reports that when controlled studies tested the effects of therapeutic massage, it was found that people experiencing back pain received greater relief from soft tissue manipulation and massage than from a placebo.
When a study in the International Journal of Neuroscience compared massage therapy to muscle relaxation, the group of test subjects who received massage reported feeling less anxiety, pain and depression than people in the other group.
Massage therapy is more than relaxing me-time. Studies continue to prove the physical, and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session. As the number of proven health benefits grows, so do the number of Americans who turn to Massage Envy Spa for a more balanced lifestyle. In fact, we’ve provided over 50 million therapeutic massages nationwide. That’s a lot of happy, healthy customers.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body, and when you’ve experienced pain from your lower back down through your leg, you understand. Sciatica pain usually subsides on its own within two months, there may be ways to alleviate the pain sooner.
While it may seem like exercise will only make the problem worse, in fact the Mayo Clinic recommends low-impact exercise, like water aerobics or stationary bike riding, as a way of releasing the endorphins which act as natural painkillers. Another way of releasing those endorphins is massage.
Tightness, stiffness and soreness in your neck
Swelling, bruising, redness and/or tenderness
Dizziness and pain when moving your head
Headache, ringing in the ears, blurry eyesight
Add those up and you may have trouble sleeping, concentrating, or carrying out everyday activities. It’s hard enough dealing with pain and fatigue in the first place, and the stress caused by such problems can make you feel even worse.
Effects of Massage
According to WebMD, massage may help. The professional therapists at Massage Envy Spa are trained in a variety of massage techniques to address specific needs.
Cranial Sacral Therapy is a gentle technique known to provide relief for headaches and neck injuries. Trigger Point Massage can often decrease pain after just one session. More focused Deep Muscle Therapy is effective for persistent neck and back pain.
Discuss your personal situation with your therapist, and see how massage can make a difference in the effects of whiplash.
Chronic myofascial pain is different from the occasional muscle soreness created by an extra challenging workout or a weekend of painting. Myofascial pain syndrome is ongoing, with pain being sent from sensitive areas known as trigger points in certain muscles or connective tissues to other — seemingly unrelated — areas of your body.
Dr. Robert Bennett reports in “Myofascial Pain Syndromes and their Evaluation” for Best Practices Clinical Research Rheumatology that while symptoms have been described in medical literature for the past century, it’s only recently that objective abnormalities have been revealed by scientific studies.
Whether you play tennis, paint, rake, knit or type, repetitive arm movements or nonstop gripping can put a strain on your tendons. It can also stress your muscles and lead to tiny tears in your connective tissue.
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, makes it difficult to do ordinary things like hold a pencil, turn the steering wheel, raise your hand, grip a hammer, open a door or carry a suitcase. The point where tendons connect to your outside elbow bone becomes painful and tender, and the pain might extend into your wrist or upper arm.
A migraine is marked by moderate to severe pain and throbbing in the head, and can be accompanied by nausea as well as sensitivity to light. In some cases, these painful headaches are preceded or accompanied by a sensory warning sign, such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your arm or leg.