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What is Causing This Pain in My Back?

McIntosh’s article describes the many causes, risks, various symptoms, treatment approaches, and ways to prevent back pain. Various stacked factors can cause back pain, such as one’s diet, stress levels, sleep quality, posture, inactivity, overactivity, obesity, genetics, and using incorrect form in exercise. These are all things I try to bring light to when I am in session with my clients. Massage therapy including but not limited to deep tissue massage, Shiatsu, trigger point therapy, Thai massage, and sports massage, are excellent for pain management. The article goes on to explain that much of the time, back pain can be resolved with a few lifestyle tweaks and complementary therapies such as massage, yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic and seeing an osteopathic physician. Check out this article for more information on what might be causing your back pain!

Article: “What is Causing This Pain in My Back?” by Cleveland Clinic

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Why Does My Body Feel Worse After a Massage?

This is a great article explaining how massage therapy does create that inflammation response, and can leave you a little sore sometimes, especially after a deep tissue massage. Sometimes you need more than one session, and rushing results can leave you in pain. Massage therapy does not have to hurt to benefit you, so please speak up if something is uncomfortable. We can get the results without the pain during and after your massage by adjusting technique, working slower, and allowing the treatment of a specific issue to take multiple sessions when needed. It’s best to get regular massages, so that your body stays nice and relaxed, and we can work out the tension as it builds. Check out this article for more info on why we might feel sore after a massage the next day.

Article: “Why Does My Body Feel Worse After a Massage?” by Cleveland Clinic

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Addressing Myths About Massage Therapy

This article addresses just five of the many myths about massage therapy. These include the “no pain no gain” misconception, how massage isn’t just for muscles, and that it actually can help migraines! The article explains how different types of massages are effective in their own unique ways. If you aren’t up to date with all of this, you could easily make the mistake of going to a spa and booking a stress relief massage, when you really needed to book a therapeutic style massage to relive a trigger point in your scalenes (neck). Take time to learn the different styles of massage, different massage therapy environments, and shop around for your perfect therapist. Absolutely communicate with your massage therapist, and ensure you’re getting the massage you need. Check out the article about the myths of massage therapy below!

Article: “5 Myths About Massage Therapy” by Cleveland Clinic

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Massage Rollers and More: How to Ease Neck, Back and Body Pain with Simple Tools

If you are a client of mine, or have had a massage before, you have probably been reminded many times of the importance of self-care between massages. This can be done with proper hydration, diet, exercise, stretching, sleep, stress management, and the help of a few optional tools. Of course, carving out the time each day and making it a priority is of the utmost importance as well. Check out this article for more information on foam rollers and massage tools!

Article: “Massage Rollers and More: How to Ease Neck, Back and Body Pain with Simple Tools” by Cleveland Clinic

Some of my favorite affordable tools include the standard foam roller, therapy ball, and a Theracane. If you’re willing to invest a little more cash, check out the Hypervolt (and get training on how to use it!), Chirp wheel, Melt Method hand & foot kit, as well as Christine Koth’s Hip Hook & Hip Flexor Release Ball, and the Pso-Rite psoas release tool.

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Types of Massage Therapy to Try

There are various massage styles such as Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, Thai massage, Shiatsu, and sports massage. Many of these are excellent for pain management, mobility, stress management, and more. You can find massage therapy in local spas, resort spas, chiropractic offices, hospitals, or you could have a mobile massage therapist travel to your home or work. It’s a good idea to book a monthly massage for maintenance. Depending on your career and how much you ask of your body, you may even do weekly or bi-weekly massages. Don’t feel guilty for taking care of your body, you only get one! So, treat it with love. Check out this article on the various styles of massage therapy!

Article: “Types of Massage Therapy to Try” by Cleveland Clinic