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Back Pain

Posted Apr 18 2012 8:21pm

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Whether it’s up between our shoulder blades, in the middle of our back, or way down in the lumbar region of our back, we all experience it from time to time.  Back pain can throb, burn, ache.  Back pain can be sharp and stabbing, or a dull, constant aching.  We can experience numbness and tingling, a pins-and-needles experience.  Sometimes it feels like our back is going to collapse, and it brings us to our knees.  Coughing and sneezing sometimes tightens up the back, making it feel worse. We might have to take a day or two off work, or maybe it makes us quit working altogether.  Back pain is serious stuff.

Back Pain Costs Us

Maybe you buy a bottle of Motrin every month, or maybe you’re seeing a chiropractor three times a week.  Either way, and for everything in between, back pain can be an expensive proposition.    In a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Walter “Buzz” Stewart, PhD, MPH estimates the cost of chronic pain to be $61.2 Billion per year in lost wages and productivity.

Who Feels Back Pain

We might think that back pain is something for those of us who have a few miles on our body’s odometer, but you’d be incorrect.  People under the age of 35 are just as likely to experience back pain as those over.  Both active and sedentary people experience back pain.

Back Pain and Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is the oldest therapeutic treatment for back pain.  Hippocrates, the “father of Western medicine,” recommended massage for relaxing the body, and ancient Chinese medical texts recommended massage.  So it has a very long history in medical practice.

Today, most massage therapy is practiced by Certified Massage Therapists and Practitioners.  Skilled therapeutic bodywork and massage can be enormously helpful in relieving tension and chronic pain in the back.  Clients can see improvement quickly, usually in as few as one to five sessions.

Avoid Drugs and Surgery

Most back pain responds very well to massage therapy.  You can be free of pain without resorting to drugs, and depending on your condition, clients have been able to avoid back surgery because they received massage.

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