Research shows massage therapy can be an effective part of pain relief and management. This research data, and the experience of physicians, massage therapists and patients, should encourage people to consider incorporating massage therapy into their pain management programs.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association, “More than one-quarter of Americans (26%) age 20 years and over – or, an estimated 76.5 million Americans – report that they have had a problem with pain of any sort that persisted for more than 24 hours in duration… In the CDC’s 2007 survey of Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies, the top four reasons adults used CAM therapies were to treat pain including back pain or problems, neck pain or problems, joint pain or stiffness/other joint condition, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal conditions.“
Pain Relief Massage
My Therapeutic Pain Relief massages use a combination of Swedish, Deep tissue, Neuromuscular, Myofascial Release, Positional Release, stretching and other modalities. These techniques are chosen by the massage therapist depending upon the muscle condition, comfort level, tissue response, personal preference, dysfunction level and intended goals. I have been trained to smoothly switch techniques as the conditions warrant and most often the client is not even aware that a change has taken place.
All massage treatments are performed to the client’s pain level and are intended to decrease pain levels, improve circulation and improve muscle tension. I encourage and welcome feedback from my clients during the session and are always willing to work in conjunction with , my client’s physicians, chiropractors and physical therapists. Once the pain level is reduced and is determined to be acceptable to the client, I strongly recommend regular maintenance massage to prevent future pain and the need for emergency pain relief massage.