Can Massage Therapy Help My Backaches?

Jan 20, 2023

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Can Massage Therapy Help My Backaches?

Back pain affects millions of Americans, and while some acute symptoms clear up within a couple of days, chronic pain lasts much longer and recurs for months and even years. Finding relief is working with a professional care provider with significant experience treating back pain using multiple therapies, including hands-on therapeutic massage.

At Body Balance Chiropractic & Wellness Center in Houston, Texas, our team offers massage therapy for patients with back pain symptoms, implementing it both as a standalone treatment and as part of a more comprehensive plan. Here’s how massage therapy could help you finally find relief for your nagging back pain.

How back pain happens

Acute back pain comes on rapidly, usually resulting from an injury or a day of straining your back through physical activity. Chronic pain develops over time, and it’s usually caused by developing problems like:

  • Repetitive use activities, like bending and lifting
  • Sitting for long periods
  • Standing for long periods
  • Being overweight
  • Poor posture
  • Degenerative diseases, like arthritis or scoliosis

Massage can help with both types of back pain, but it’s especially important for chronic pain, helping people find relief without relying on larger and larger doses of pain medicines.

Massage therapy for natural relief

Most people know massage provides a lot of stress relief; believe it or not, it can help with many back pain symptoms. When stressed, your muscles tighten, creating uneven weight distribution in your back and exacerbating painful symptoms. But stress relief is just one way massage helps chronic back pain.

Massage uses varying amounts of pressure to improve circulation in your back, bringing oxygen and nutrients to damaged tissues to spur healing responses. At the same time, increased circulation carries away toxic byproducts associated with inflammation, paving the way for better back health and function.

Specific techniques help relax painful trigger points in your back and neck that can cause pain locally and in other areas of your body. Plus, therapy supports improved posture and back function for better mobility without discomfort.

During your therapy session, be sure to let your provider know what level of pressure you prefer and if you feel discomfort during your session, let the provider know so they can adjust to your needs. Based on your initial session, we may recommend additional therapies or different massage techniques for greater relief in the future.

Custom solutions for nagging back pain

Our team knows that all back pain is not alike. Pain has different causes and symptoms, which means it affects people differently.

At our practice, we tailor each treatment to the individual, using a patient-centered approach that evolves as the patient’s needs and symptoms change for long-term, meaningful relief. To learn how we can help you relieve your back pain, call 281-890-5599 or book an appointment online with the team at Body Balance Chiropractic & Wellness Center today.