14. Jun, 2017

1. Pain Relief and Massage

Massage and Pain Relief

As many of us know, pain can affect your quality of life. In many people, pain medications can have unwanted side effects. The benefits of massage for pain relief has been studied and shown to have significant improvements in many patients around the world.*

Research shows that massage can:

  • reduce pain and pain intensity

  • reduce the incidence and frequency of headaches

  • relieve postoperative pain

  • reduce back and leg pain in pregnant women

  • decrease pain, distress, tension and anxiety in children

  • help adolescents with chronic pain

  • benefit children with growing pains

  • relieve pain and intensity for people with myalgia

  • improve subjective perception of and function for those with carpal tunnel syndrome

  • have a positive impact on lower back pain

If you struggle with pain and/or chronic pain massage is a safe and highly effective gentle addition to your pain management.

Many of our clients have experienced immense pain relief after massage without the requirement of prolonged prescription medication. The frequency and duration of the massage may be a contributing factor. A Seattle Health Research Institute* produced a study on the optimal massage dose for people with chronic neck pain.

- Group A received one 30 minute massage 2-3 times per week
- Group B received one 60 minute massage 1-2 times per week

- Group C had no massages

Group A, having regular massages up to three times a week were nearly five times more likely to report a significant improvement in function and more than twice as likely to report a significant decrease in pain.

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Massage stimulates blood circulation which improves the supply of oxygen and nutrients to body tissue helping the lymphatic system to flush away waste products. It also eases tension, releases knotted muscles and improves stiff joints, increasing mobility and flexibility. Massage boosts the activity of the vagus nerve which contains our motor and sensory fibres.

Methods of massage that beneficial for pain relief are: 

  • Therapeutic Massage

  • Remedial Massage

  • Manual Lymphatic Drainage 

  • Cupping

  • Hot/Cold Stone Massage

  • Dry Needling

  • Deep Tissue and Trigger point

  • Myofascial Release

  • Reiki

  • Reflexology

  • Craniosacral Therapy