Types of Massages That Help with Back Pain
You're not alone if you have back pain and don't know what to do about it. Most people will experience at least one episode of back pain in their lifetime. Fortunately, pain relief can be found. Massages can help reduce your pain and even prevent future episodes from occurring again. Massages can be used to treat back pain on their own or they can be an additional treatment in addition to medication.
So, if you've been looking for a back pain treatment, be sure to consider the following popular types of massage treatments:
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is an excellent treatment for back pain and other muscle aches. Using heated stones, the therapist manipulates your muscles to help you relax and relieve tension. The heat of the stone helps loosen up muscles and increase blood flow to damaged areas, which can aid in recovery.
The warmth also opens up your pores, allowing your skin to absorb more massage oil during the session. This deep penetration into the muscle tissue allows the connective scar tissue that builds up on top of your muscles (often referred to as "myofascial adhesions") to relax.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage uses deep pressure to help relieve muscle tension, improve your range of motion and flexibility, and reduce pain and inflammation in the back.
It's not just for athletes or weekend warriors—it's for anyone with chronic back pain who could benefit from regular treatment. This can include people with sciatica (pain radiating from the hip), herniated discs or spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal), multiple sclerosis, or other chronic conditions affecting the muscles around your spine.
If you've been experiencing symptoms like numbness in your fingers or toes due to nerve damage caused by overuse during pregnancy or after childbirth, deep tissue massages may also be recommended by your doctor as part of postpartum care plans designed specifically for women who have given birth recently.
Swedish massage is a type of massage that uses long, gliding strokes. It's an easy way to get relief from back pain without having to do any heavy lifting or stretching.
Swedish massages are also particularly good for people who have trouble sleeping because they've been lying in one position for too long and need a break from their usual routine. If you're looking for something soothing but not too relaxing (so the next day won't feel like death), then this might be right up your alley!