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Massage Therapy for Low Back Pain

Does persistent lower back pain cast a shadow over your daily activities? If you are struggling to find a method that provides lasting relief, consider exploring the potential of massage therapy. Targeted massage techniques can alleviate discomfort, restore mobility, and help you reclaim your lifestyle. In this post, we'll delve into the science behind how massage therapy relieves lower back pain, empowering you to make an informed decision about whether this approach is right for you. 

massage therapist treating low back pain

Understanding the Source of Pain 

Low back pain is a widespread issue for people of all ages. The lower back is a complex region with interconnected muscles, joints, and nerves, making it susceptible to pain and discomfort. There are myriad reasons why you may be experiencing pain, including muscle strain, posture, injuries, and underlying medical conditions. At Resolve Wellness, our massage therapists collaborate with physical therapists to gain better insights into treating various conditions that can cause low back pain.  

Benefits of Massage Therapy for Low Back Pain 

As a medical massage clinic, we focus on integrating knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology into our sessions to provide effective care for your unique needs. While many massage clinics can provide temporary relief, we recommend seeking medical massage treatment if you have persistent low back pain. Benefits of medical massage include:


  1. Releasing Muscle Tension – Massage helps release tension in the muscles of the lower back, reducing muscle spasms and promoting relaxation. Therapists employ various massage techniques to ease muscle tightness, restoring flexibility and range of motion. 

  1. Improved Circulation – Massage stimulates blood flow to the affected area, enhancing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and tissues. This increased circulation aids in the healing process, reducing inflammation and promoting a faster recovery. 

  1. Release of Endorphins – Massage triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, which can help alleviate pain and elevate mood. This not only provides immediate relief but also contributes to long-term well-being.  

  1. Postural Alignment – Medically-informed massage therapists are trained to identify postural imbalances contributing to low back pain. Through targeted techniques, they can help promote better posture and address the root causes of discomfort. 

  1. Stress Reduction – Chronic stress can exacerbate low back pain. Taking steps to reduce your stress is important, not only for your back but for your overall health. While massage can help to relieve stress, we also recommend incorporating stress-relief practices into your daily life, such as mindfulness meditation.  


Find Relief with Medical Massage 

When approached with a medical understanding of the body’s intricacies, massage therapy can be a powerful tool for providing lasting relief from low back pain. As part of a pain management routine, massage can bring relief, improved functionality, and enhanced quality of life. Consider incorporating regular massage into your wellness routine to experience the transformative benefits. 


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Emily McGuire is a Marketing Associate and staff writer for Resolve Wellness. With a Bachelor's degree in International Business from UC San Diego, she is a California native with a passion for writing, digital marketing, health, and wellness.

Reviewed by: Erynne Hill, MS, ATC, HHP, BFRC, a Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer and Massage Therapist who has been a part of the healthcare field since 2002. She is the Director of Resolve Wellness, specializing in manual lymphatic drainage and prenatal massage. Erynne has extensive knowledge of both massage and physiology, even receiving her Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University.


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