By M. VanMeter
In addition to being a great way to pamper yourself, massage has a number of proven medical benefits including reducing muscle tension, stress and pain. It can also be a great way to help manage insomnia, headaches, sports injuries, soft tissue damage, joint pain and a host of common ailments. Now, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (July 5, 2011, Volume 155, Number 1, pages 1-9) has found that massage may also be a reasonable alternative to taking pain medications for relief of lower back pain. Their findings suggest that this relief may last up to six months depending on the condition being treated.
The study looked at 401 persons 20 to 65 years of age with nonspecific chronic low back pain. After 10 weeks of treatment, researchers found that participants treated with massage scored significantly better on symptom and function tests, spent less time in bed, used less medication and had an overall higher degree of satisfaction with their level of pain.
Adjust 4 Life Master Massage Therapist, Kathy Gutierrez, says "Massage was one of the first forms of health care available and it’s still around today. By itself or in combination with other forms of healthcare, massage can have a strong positive effect on health."
Whether you’re looking for temporary or permanent relief from chronic and unresolved back and neck pain or just want to pamper yourself for the day, the Adjust 4 Life Wellness Center, located in Lee’s Summit, has specialized programs in massage, functional medicine, chiropractic and internal health.