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TO MASSAGE OR NOT TO MASSAGE FOR BACK PAIN...

Posted Oct 01 2010 12:47pm

Massage therapy could be worth a try for low back pain. Experts suggest that classic massage, Thai and acupressure can relieve low back pain.

In Thai massage the limbs are pulled and stretched, and acupressure involves applying pressure to certain points of the body. I did a home study course on acupressure so that I could treat myself and always do some at night as part of my winding down routine. I've never had a Thai massage but the Myofascial massage sounds like the same type of massage.

Of course not all forms of massage have been scientifically proven to help with chronic back pain, so its worth investigating and trying a few different types at first. My local NHS pain clinic offered massage therapy which I had, but as with others I have tried the pain relief is more a placebo effect rather than proper pain relief.

However that would in no way stop me from having massage on a regular basis as it is extremely relaxing and enjoyable no matter how long or short the pain relief is.

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