Massage for Chronic Pain


We know that massage helps you relax, clear your mind and decrease your stress. But how do we use massage for chronic pain? The fact is that massage has a great impact on relieving everything from migraine headaches to lower back pain to cancer treatment pain.

Research has shown that massage lowers the heart rate and blood pressure, increases circulation and endorphins, and relaxes muscles. Endorphins, in fact, are the body’s natural painkillers.

Therefore, a massage for a migraine or a back pain massage results in better sleep and enhanced motions, just to name a few of the benefits. The Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound Center for Health Studies published a study in 2001 that concluded, after one year of research, that a back pain massage had greater pain-relieving benefits than acupuncture and self-care.

In addition to the effects of massage therapy on pain, it also helps reduce anxiety, which is a contributing factor on pain. Diseases, studies indicate, are an estimated 80-90 percent stress-related.

Additionally, studies are currently being conducted to determine the effects of massage therapy on pain in cancer patients.

Whether you have arthritis, chronic headaches, sciatica or sinus pain, you can also use a massage for pain management. Continued massage for pain management, like the continued relief you’ll get from your new massage chair, will help you feel better both physically and emotionally.