How Massage Therapy is Beneficial for the Management of Chronic Pain

How Massage Therapy is Beneficial for the Management of Chronic Pain

Beneficial for the Management of Chronic PainAccording to research studies that have been conducted, massage therapy is a very good option for the management of chronic pain in affected patients. Pain affects more Americans than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes combined, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and can lead to severe disability.

Managing chronic pain has always included prescribing patients pain medications and may lead to the use of opioid drugs that have the ability to cause addiction in these individuals. Therefore, other options for managing chronic pain have been investigated and massage therapy is one such treatment that has been noted to be very effective.

Massage therapy helps to reduce chronic pain by signaling the body to release serotonin, a hormone produced by the brain which elevates one’s mood and which helps to reduce pain experienced by an individual. When pain is reduced, this helps to decrease anxiety and improve the affected individual’s sleeping patterns. This leads to an improved ability to perform normal activities.

Conditions that can be Managed with Massage Therapy

Post-operative pain

  • Pain that is experienced after surgery can complicate the patient’s recovery process, lengthen one’s hospital stay, and interfere with the patient’s return to performing normal activities.
  • According to recent research, massage therapy can reduce the pain severity and intensity as well as anxiety experienced by post-operative patients thereby improving post-surgical outcomes.

Lower Back Pain

  • Back pain is a very common mechanical issue in the United States.
  • Massage therapy has been noted as effective in reducing pain, decreasing disability, and lowering anxiety and depression experienced by affected individuals.

Arthritis

  • Research has shown that performing a Swedish massage for 60 minutes once a week on patients affected by osteoarthritis of the knee greatly reduces the pain experienced by these individuals.
  • It has also been noted in these studies that massage therapy can lead to reduced pain and a greatly decreased impact on the ability for patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis to use their limbs.

Tension Headaches

  • Tension-type headaches are, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the most common type of headaches that one can experience.
  • Massage therapy has been proven to help reduce the perceived pain as well as its duration, frequency, and intensity in those who experience this problem.

Fibromyalgia

  • Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by generalized musculoskeletal pain that is accompanied by sleep, fatigue, mood swings, and memory-related issues.
  • Researchers believe that the condition amplifies painful sensations experienced by the body by affecting the manner in which the brain processes the pain signals.
  • Studies indicate that massage therapy, as part of an integrative treatment protocol, may help to reduce the pain experienced by these patients. As a result, this can lead to an improved quality of life and decreased anxiety, fatigue, sleep issues, and memory problems.

Sorrento Valley Pain Relief Center

Sorrento Valley Pain Relief Center employs registered and licensed masseuses who perform massage therapy as part of an integrated treatment plan for the management of chronic pain.

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