Everyone loves surprises! Except when that surprise is a back spasm. It can occur at any moment of the day and leave you stunned. These involuntary spasms can be harmless if they fade quickly, but lengthened back spasms can lead to pain and cramping. One non-invasive and effective way to rid yourself of back spasms is with massage.
Benefits of Massage
- Pain generally affects its victims mentally. Chronic pain can lead to depression and an impaired mental state. Massage has been proven to help not only the pain, but also the psychological condition of the patient. The deep state of relaxation increases the production of endorphins, the “feel good” brain chemical.
- Increased blood flow, which results in the reduction of pain, swelling, stiffness, and redness. This is done by the oxygen and vital nutrients reaching the muscles and tendons then relieving the affected area of toxins or waste products. Lack of oxygen to your muscles creates a build up of lactic acid, which can cause your muscles to feel sore or tired.
- Relaxation also leads to decreased tension in the muscles. This improves flexibility, reduces pain, stops back spasms, and can even help with sleep.
Types of Massage
- Neuromuscular Massage Therapy – also known as Trigger Point. This technique consists of alternating levels of pressure on the areas of the spasms. The pressure levels change through the use of fingers, knuckles, and elbows, and applied for 10-30 seconds. It will be painful at first but it will calm the back spasms.
- Swedish Massage- the emphasis is on the long strokes, friction, and kneading to stimulate proper circulation. It involves rubbing the muscles together in the same direction of the blood flow from the heart. When circulation is working effectively it relieves muscle tension, stretches tight ligaments, and reduces any emotional stress on the body that causes you to stiffen.
- Shiatsu Massage- similar to Neuromuscular Massage, Shiatsu uses pressure to combat pain and tension. Fingers, thumbs, elbows, and knees are employed to specific points on the body for massage. This technique reduces muscle tension and fatigue while improving circulation, which is the best pain reliever.
Although massages feel great and do help relieve back spasms, they are a temporary solution to a possible long-term problem. Schedule an appointment with IMS Pain Management today to ensure you feel great all day everyday.