Of the many ailments that we human beings must experience, lower back pain is one of the most common. According to one study, more than 80 percent of adults experience low back pain on a regular basis. Whether it is mild, moderate, or severe, lower back pain can interfere with your mood, sleep, daily activities, and work. While pain relievers like Aspirin and Tylenol offer some relief for minor aches and pain, pills don’t necessarily target tight muscles or increase flexibility. However, receiving regular therapeutic massage treatments can help relieve your lower back pain and stiffness significantly. Today, we’d like to explore some of the causes of lower back pain to show how you may benefit from receiving massage therapy to alleviate your pain.
What Causes Lower Back Pain?
There are numerous triggers that lead to lower back pain and stiffness. Many studies suggest that, aside from injury-related pain, poor posture, arthritis, performing long hours of repetitive motion, pinched nerves, and stress can agitate the hard and soft tissues in the lower back. This increased muscle tension and irritation affects the body’s posture, spinal alignment, and can even cause residual pain to travel down the legs and into the feet. There are several activities that can intensify lower back pain, which encourage the need to receive regular massage treatments.
Injury-Related Lower Back Pain
Massage therapy is a great post-injury, soft-tissue treatment to relieve lower back pain. The force of an auto injury jars the body significantly, causing misalignment to the spine which can cause painful low back discomfort. Like an auto injury, a sports injury can cause a spinal misalignment, hip injury, or pelvic injury that can induce lower back pain. Deep tissue massage for injury recovery encourages blood flow and the flow of lymph vessels, releasing toxins and cellular debris from the muscles, while stimulating oxygen flow, thus improving circulation and the body’s ability to recover and heal.
Extended Periods of Sitting
For many people, sitting at a desk for eight hours a day, driving a taxi, or driving a semi-truck across the country equates to unavoidable low back pain. No matter how we try to maintain good posture in these seated positions, it is a hard task to stay on top of. While taking breaks to stand and walk around can really help alleviate lower back pain, this repetitive action day-in and day-out increases lower back discomfort that can lead to painful sciatica or cause residual pain to travel up the spine into the mid and upper back. Therapeutic massage can help ease lower back pain by increasing circulation, improving mobility, and strengthening the lower back muscles by stretching them and stimulating oxygen flow.
For those who work in the service industry, construction, or landscaping, you probably experience some form of lower back pain. While performing active work for eight hours a day or more is a great way to get exercise while you work, it can also lead to painful lower back discomfort. Repetitive motions such as shoveling, bending over to plant, heavy lifting, or anything that involves repetitive twisting or bending motions can take a serious toll on your back. Massage therapy helps ease pain associated with repetitive motions by improving flexibility and mobility, while loosening tight muscles by encouraging circulation.
Ease Lower Back Pain
If you experience lower back pain caused by any of these and other activities, please give our friendly staff at Remedi Spa a call to schedule a swedish, deep, or therapeutic massage with one of our skilled therapists. Thank you for reading our blog and we look forward to helping you heal!