Massage and Exercise For Back Pain

There’s lots of different options to relieve back pain, but not all back pain treatments will work for everybody. The reason being is that there are more muscles, joints, bones, nerves and ligaments running up and down the vertebrae in close proximity to each other than in any other part of the body. So while one particular treatment of therapy may work for your colleagues, it may not work for you. But 2 options that have a lot of common ground are massage therapy and specific back pain exercises.

Massage Therapy For Back Pain

massage therapy for back painAs a rule, individuals trained in massage provide neither the self-care advice nor the treatment needed for significant improvement of back problems. Yet there is no denying that a good massage is a relaxing pleasure – which can take the edge off low-grade pain caused by right or tired muscles. Personally, I find regular back massages with arnica cream, followed by an arnica oil rub, give me the some much needed long-term relief from what is near constant pain.

The best way to find a good massage therapist is through a recommendation. Short of this, consult your local Yellow Pages, looking for small ads that emphasize ‘medical massage’. Newspaper advertisements that proclaim the attractiveness of massage personnel – or that use phrases like ‘total discretion’ and ‘assured privacy’ – are offering sexual stimulation, not backache relief.

Physical Fitness Instructors

personal trainer for back painThe fitness boom has resulted in the creation of thousands of spas and health clubs. The chances are that you have at least one such facility near your home, complete with an exercise expert who is willing and able to work with back pain sufferers.

Three key factors determined the relative success that you may have with physical fitness instructors:

1. Self-assessment. If you have serious back problems, say so. Heroic attempts to join a class of super-fit people can get you into trouble. You need to assess the specialized training or the instructor who will be working with you.

2. Self-protection. Ask questions; the degree of back care expertise among physical fitness instructors varies widely. (Some physical fitness experts are exercise physiologists with expertise in treating back conditions; others have no such training.) Also, if the instructor seems uninterested in your special circumstances, move on. The risks are too great. Find someone who takes the rime to learn about your back and then proposes a sensible progression of exercises.

3. Self-indulgence. If going to a health club is fun and relaxing in general, and you feel as if you’re ‘getting away from it all’, you’ll benefit more than you would by doing the same exercises at home.

Pilates For Back Pain Relief

A friend of mine who had suffered with chronic back pain for some time had great success with Pilates: The best thing he ever did was join a Pilates studio that specialized in back injuries. Going to a pilates for upper back pain class two to three times a week made him stronger and relieved his pain in ways that medication and everything else never did. Doing anything else to try and relieve back pain was short-lived until he consistently went to the Pilates sessions.

Most importantly, remember that only you can judge how fast and far you can go with exercise. If you have to compete with someone, compete with yourself. Do not push yourself to keep up with other members of an exercise class.

In. conclusion, if you’re functioning well but have a nuisance level of chronic backache, or episodes of back pain a few times a year, physical fitness instructors are quite likely to give you successful results.