Will Massage Therapy Take Away My Pain?  

By: Jan O’Malley


     “My back is killing me.” “My neck has been sore for a month.” “I can’t get rid of my headache.” These are the kinds of problems we hear from our massage therapy clients every day at our clinic . Many clients have been referred to our clinic by their doctors, for muscle therapy. Others have come in because someone they know recommended our clinic. The question they ask is often the same, “Will massage therapy take away my pain?” The result is often “yes”.

Libertyville Massage Therapy Massage Helps Relieve Pain

     According to the National Institute of Health, more than one third of all Americans will suffer from chronic pain sometime in their lives.  In a recent consumer survey commissioned by the American Massage Therapy Association, 91 percent of respondents agreed that massage can be effective in reducing pain, and nearly half of those polled (47 percent) have had a massage specifically for the purpose of relieving pain.

     Massage therapy as an aid for pain relief is being proven in a growing number of studies.  According to a study in the April 2001 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine,1 massage is effective for providing long-lasting relief for patients suffering from chronic low back pain.

     Another study done with patients in a hospital setting, shows that massage therapy in the acute care setting creates positive results in the patient’s ability to deal with  physical and psychological aspects of their health condition. The study showed significant reduction in pain levels, and also the connection of pain, relaxation, sleep, emotions, recovery, and the healing process.

     Massage Therapy directly addresses soft tissue pain, such as muscle, tendon, ligament, and fascia. Massage therapy gets directly to the problem area by increasing blood flow to the tissues, and loosening tight, adhesive areas to relieve pain. Massage is no longer just a pampering service. It is relied on by doctors and patients alike, for the relief of pain. Always consult with your medical doctor if you have a persistent problem, for a diagnosis. 

     The next time you are suffering from muscle pain, ask yourself “Will massage therapy take away my pain?” Studies are proving, massage therapy is something to consider.

Massage Therapy

     Benefits of Massage Therapy for Pain Relief: