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Chances are that sometime in the course of life, most people will suffer from lower back pain. Experiencing lower back pain is very common and can go away after a few days or may last for months or even years, and tends to recur.

Typical treatments for low back pain include pain killers, physical therapy, and back strengthening and stretching exercises. If those measures do not provide relief, it might be helpful to consider alternative treatments like massage therapy or chiropractic.

Massage therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for lower back pain, and can provide fast relief. Massage can lessen low back pain, and help individuals to perform their daily activities faster than those who did not receive massage therapy treatments. Massage therapy benefits chronic back pain sufferers in numerous ways.

Massage improves blood circulation. This aids in the recovery of sore muscles due to physical activity. Massage also relaxes the muscles which improves range of motion. This can also help with insomnia caused by pain and discomfort. Massage therapy also leads to increased endorphin levels. Increased endorphin levels are a great benefit experienced from massage sessions; because these “feel good” chemicals can help to manage chronic pain.

Back problems that may benefit from massage therapy include muscle strain in the lower back or upper back/neck, osteoarthritis of the spine, and fibromyalgia. It’s always best for a massage client to first check with their doctor before starting massage therapy (or any other treatments) to help manage pain.

Massage therapy tends to produce the best results for low back pain sufferers when used in conjunction with medical care, physical therapy or chiropractic.

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