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Pain and Debilitating Conditions

Massage Therapy

Whereas once massage was 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, cancer, or other pain conditions. Your pain management physician will help you determine if therapeutic pain massage fits into your individualized treatment plan.

Sclerotherapy and prolotherapy apply an injection of irritating substances to the painfully affected areas to produce a healing type of inflammatory response in tissues. The injection procedure for these alternative therapies for pain management is done on an outpatient basis. Typically, the results of sclerotherapy and prolotherapy provide patients with permanent stabilization – often stronger than the original supportive tissues – which means a great recovery and long-term pain relief.

Benefits of Medical Massage Therapy Include:

  • 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 mood.

Medical massage, as an alternative pain management therapy, is primarily concerned with improving circulation. 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, which will reduce the pressure that is irritating the nerves and alleviate your pain. Your 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 spasm and pain. Consult with your physician to determine if massage therapies are the right form of alternative pain management for your chronic pain relief and overall wellness.