I believe everyone will have some sort of ache or pain but the most common place these aches and pains are found are around the back. Whether you’re on your feet all day or sitting down all day, it seems to be impossible to have a pain-free back 100% of the time.
Back pain has a humongous list of causes including poor posture, injury, and surgery however it can also be a result of your workplace. For example, if you are sat at a desk all day slouched over looking at your computer you will, inevitably, get back pain. The same goes for those who are on their feet a lot lifting or moving heavy objects. This can put a lot of strain on our back as your muscles are constantly in use. But how do we cope with or prevent this inevitable back pain from occurring?
Back pain can be caused by muscles, joints or nerves. Muscular back pain occurs due to injury, surgery, overuse, knots or muscle tightness. Pain that occurs within joints can occur due to conditions such as arthritis, scoliosis, lordosis, and kyphosis or just general stiffness. Nerve pain can occur due to damage or compression of nerves. Massage is one of the best ways to reduce or prevent back pain.
Reduction of back pain through massage is simple. A massage helps to increase soft tissue temperature and therefore reduce muscle tightness, help to break down knots and also helps to reduce joint stiffness. As well as this, a massage can be used to help increase healing after injury or surgery to further reduce pain. Trigger point therapy is often incorporated into massage sessions aiming to break down muscular knots that can be increasing localised pain or that are causing referred pain due to compression of nerves. Once muscles and joints are loosened and healing is improved, things such as posture can be improved and returned to normal which again, further reduces back pain.
A massage is also useful in the prevention of back pain. As well as ensuring muscle tension and muscle is broken down before it can have a negative effect, regular massage helps to maintain healthy muscles ensuring prevention of injury. A massage can also ensure that a build-up waste products does not occur helping to prevent DOMS, swelling and muscular fatigue and weakness.
Reducing or preventing back pain can only have positive effects both physically and mentally. Physically you will feel an increase in movement, muscle relaxation, improved recovery and most importantly decreased pain. Mentally you will feel more relaxed and a decrease in stress.
If you are a sufferer of the inevitable back pain, then become a survivor today and relieve your back from all your aches and pains! Or if you are yet to experience such negative symptoms, make sure you also book a massage today to ensure you never become a sufferer!