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Alternative Pain Management

Massage

Whereas massage was once considered a luxury reserved for spas, it now holds significant medical merit in pain management. Although medical massage therapy may not be the best treatment for all patients dealing with severe and/or chronic pain, some find tremendous benefit with immediate and long-term pain relief. The effectiveness of therapeutic massage lies in a holistic approach focused on the entire body system and its relationship to soft tissue. The aim is not limited to the absence of symptoms and disease, but extends to developing good health and wellness. Massage therapy can complement a host of other alternative, medication, and/or interventional therapies for the management of back, neck, shoulder, or other painful conditions. Your pain management physician will help you determine if therapeutic massage fits into your individualized treatment plan.

Benefits of Medical Massage Therapy:

  • Relieve tension by enhancing blood flow.
  • Reduce the presence of substances that may generate and sustain pain.
  • Improve range of motion by relaxing the muscles.
  • Increase the production of endorphins for improved pain.

Medical massage, as an alternative pain management therapy, is primarily concerned with improving circulation and relaxing muscle spasms. You see, throughout our bodies, we have a clear fluid (called lymph) that circulates around body tissues. Those experiencing pain often have inflammation in and around the muscles and even in the joints. When lymph and inflammation accumulate in the body, the excess fluid puts pressure on blood vessels and consequently circulation is decreased. As pressure on blood vessels builds, the nerves become irritated, causing pain. By helping the body remove excess lymph and inflammation, massage therapy can improve your circulation and remove the excess lymph, which will reduce the pressure that is irritating the nerves and alleviate your pain for relief. Our massage therapist may use a variety of techniques, including but not limited to gentle, smooth, gliding strokes, squeezing, rolling, and kneading of muscles, and trigger-point release using finger pressure at painful areas to break cycles of muscle spasm and chronic pain. Consult with our physicians to determine if massage therapies are the right form of alternative pain management for you.