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Back, Neck & Shoulder Pain

massage to relieve back, neck & shoulder pain

More often than not, our modern lifestyle is to blame for our back, neck & shoulder pain. Long hours at the desk or driving take their toll, resulting in muscle imbalances.

The stress of everyday life can worsen tension and weaknesses in back muscles. This leaves you vulnerable to injury. A quick jerk or twist can result in residing pain. Other factors that may increase the chances of back pain include conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis, physically demanding work, pregnancy, accidents or falls, poor postural habits, and improper lifting.

Massage therapy is widely used to relieve muscle tension, spasms, inflammation, fluid retention, aches, stiffness, and pain. Other benefits include improved circulation, general flexibility, range of motion, and increased tissue elasticity.

massage therapy can reduce muscle pain

At Spa & Massage we employ specific techniques to rhythmically knead, rub and stroke muscles, stimulating circulation. Blood delivers oxygen and nutrients and is fundamental to help muscles eliminate waste products, such as lactic acid, that may collect in muscles from spasms, causing pain.

In case of trauma, muscles get into safe mode in order to minimise damage, protecting and limiting motion, achieving an outcome comparable to an arm or leg cast. Muscles in spasm will be painful to the touch: the pain is caused by ischemic muscle tissue. Ischemia means the muscle lacks proper blood flow, usually due to the muscle spasm.

After the muscle is relaxed through massage therapy, the lactic acid will be released from the muscle, and the muscle should start receiving enough blood and oxygen. Massage therapy kneads away the tension and the spasms in the muscles while improving circulation and encouraging muscle relaxation. This is turn reduces swelling and helps remove toxins that cause irritation. With this reduction in swelling and irritation, injured muscles and ligaments can restore to their normal function and you will heal quicker. Your flexibility will also improve through massage so you can enjoy an increased range of movement and be less susceptible to future injuries.

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, research shows that massage therapy provides several important health benefits, including:

  • Improved blood circulation, which aids in the recovery of muscle soreness from physical activity.
  • Relaxed muscles, resulting in an improved range of motion. Muscle relaxation also helps with insomnia.
  • Increased endorphin levels. The increase in endorphin levels is one of the greatest benefits of massage therapy. Endorphins are the chemicals the body produces to make you feel good, always very effective in managing chronic pain.

 

Our techniques are aimed at reducing pain and improving flexibility, which helps to prevent future injuries. Whether you need to relax your muscles, help ligaments to heal, release trigger points found in the neck and shoulders, or focus on the fascia tissues which connect and cover the muscles of the body, we will work together to find the most effective therapy for your specific needs.

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