Massage for back pain relief

By Joanne Lee | Blog

Apr 01
back pain

A regular massage is often considered to be a treat, rather than a necessity.

Most people believe that having a massage is good for aches and pains, or can help if they’ve overdone the exercise.

Not everybody realizes that massage therapy is also a powerful natural painkiller that can even be used to help people with back problems to reduce the amount of medication they must take.

Massage Therapy, effective natural pain relief


Approximately 8 million adults in the UK  report chronic pain that is moderate to severely disabling[1]. Back pain alone accounts for 40% of sickness absence in the NHS[2] and overall it costs £10 billion for the UK economy[3]

If you are one of the 8 million adults who suffers with back pain at some point in their life, you’ll know how miserable it can be. If you are dealing with chronic back pain – which is pain that’s lasted more than three months and less than six – it can impact on your daily life, and stop you doing things you want to do. You could be reliant on drugs to keep you mobile or help you sleep.

The vicious pain cycle

If you can no longer exercise because of it, you might end up in a vicious cycle of inactivity which makes your pain worse, which stops you being active. Or you could just increase your meds but that just masks the problem. Also, some strong pmeds contain painkillers opioids like codeine which can lose their power over time as you build up a tolerance to their effects. They can also have unwanted side effects.

What you need is a way to manage your back pain that is effective but doesn’t have the side effects. Wouldn’t you know it, research has shown that regular massage along with your prescribed medication and any other advice from your GP or Physiotherapist can be so powerful that you might be able to decrease the number of painkillers you need to manage your condition and start to live a more active life.

How massage can help beat back pain

A massage session doesn’t just relax you, it can help to promote tissue repair, improve the blood circulation and does wonders for your stress levels and mood. Recent research showed that regular massage therapy combined with exercise helped people suffering from chronic back pain to feel less anxious about their condition too.  The study, which took place at a pain management clinic in Western New York, involved sixty chronic low back pain patients who were split into two groups. One group received regular massage therapy, twice a week for four weeks, along with their regular treatment, and one group only carried on with their prescribed treatments.

The participants all recorded their own pain levels before and after having massage therapy on a scale of one to ten. There was a significant difference between the pre-and post-treatment pain rating in the group that had regular massage, but the control group who carried on as normal reported no changes to their pain levels.

This isn’t the only research that has been carried out. MASSAGE Magazine has brought its readers the latest information about research studies conducted on massage therapy and related subjects.

If you suffer with back pain and want to try something different – book that massage therapy session now.

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About the Author

Joanne, owner of The Full Spectrum Centre Limited has over 17 years experience. She has helped a wide variety of client types in meeting their expectations and achieving their goals, and specialises in holistic health, well-being, relaxation and stress management. Her wealth of training and experience allows her to tailor make our services to accommodate clients’ needs. She works closely with her Therapy Dog Rosie, who helps clients to feel assured, calm, relaxed and comforted during their sessions.

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