Massage for Pain: Musculoskeletal Issues

massage-for-musculoskeletal-pain.jpgMusculoskeletal pain is a common problem that can be difficult to treat, often causing long-term problems and even disability. It can come in the form of back pain, muscle pain, joint pain and more. Musculoskeletal pain also affects those with fibromyalgia and "tunnel syndromes," which result from nerve compression. 

Two effective holistic medicine treatments include mental relaxation and massage for pain, which can also improve overall health, mental energy and muscle pain for those experiencing the disorder.

What is musculoskeletal pain?

Muscoloskeletal pain can come from an injury or overuse, and can affect any of the following:

  • bones
  • joints
  • muscles
  • tendons
  • ligaments
  • nerves

It can be acture or choronic, and can cause pain, sleep problems, a twitching or burning sensation in your muscles, and other symptoms. Low back pain is among the most commmon forms of musculoskeletal pain. 

The benefits of massage therapy

In addition to musculoskeletal pain, massage treats a wide range of acute and chronic pain conditions. A survey by the American Hospital Association shows that nearly 42 percent of hospitals that use some form of complementary and alternative care use massage therapy, including massage. Pain management is a critical area massage can help.

Millions of individuals are all too familiar with pain. That can mean difficulty making it through the day without pain, as well as countless trips to the doctor or chiropractor and the use of pain medications. 

More people than ever are seeking massage to manage and relieve pain. Massage therapy can:

  • Be more effective for chronic back pain than standard therapies
  • Promote relaxation and alleviate the perception of pain
  • Reduce headaches better than cold pack treatments
  • Stimulate the brain to produce endorphins

Massage therapy can relieve the pain of arthritis, muscle strain, tendonitis and other acute and chronic pain conditions. Physicians and other health care providers are increasingly recommending massage therapy to their patients as a supplement to conventional health care.

Other holistic treatments that can help with musculoskeletal pain include physical therapy, acupuncture, acupressure and chiropractic care. 

How to get holistic health treatment

The community clinic at the Acupuncture and Massage College offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs you can contact the admissions office
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