Pain can negatively affect your quality of life if left untreated. The American Massage Therapy Association shares how massage therapy is proven to manage pain associated with a variety of injuries and conditions.
1. Low-back pain. Several studies have shown that massage therapy may be effective for certain kinds of chronic low-back pain, especially when combined with exercise and other types of rehabilitation. By helping to reduce chronic pain, it may decrease reliance on anti-inflammatory drugs for pain control.
2. Neck pain. Massage therapy can help decrease particular types of neck pain. A recent study showed that multiple massages per week could help decrease chronic pain and improve some day-to-day functions.
3. Arthritis. Those suffering from osteoarthritis with chronic pain or limited mobility may find that massage helps their pain and improves their function.
4. Fibromyalgia. While the cause of fibromyalgia is uncertain, massage is one form of treatment that has found short-term success with some individuals. It may help improve pain and quality of life, especially when combined with other treatments.
5. Sports injury and recovery. Massage therapy may be of benefit to athletes of all fitness levels. Some studies have indicated that massage therapy may help reduce muscle soreness, stiffness and fatigue and may be related to improved recovery after certain types of exercise.
A qualified massage therapist can help you develop a custom plan based on your needs and your health and wellness goals. Talk to your doctor before starting massage to make sure it’s safe for you. To locate a professional massage therapist, go to findamassagetherapist.org.
Provided by The American Massage Therapy Association