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Say Goodbye to Pain

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Sharon Leake

neck-and-back-pain Neck pain is the third most common type of pain in the United States, with headaches being #2 and low back pain #1.  Drugs are a poor choice in the treatment, or rather management, of chronic pain. Not only are they often ineffective, but the side effects may be as bad as the pain itself.

Research suggests that massage therapy sessions that last at least an hour, 1-3 x per week to start, offers effective relief for neck pain sufferers. The study also concluded that dose matters when it comes to massage therapy for pain relief; sixty minute sessions were more effective than 30 minute sessions for relieving pain. Pain relief and function improvements were most significant after 4 weeks of massage therapy.

In the Journal of Back Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, a study was published comparing the results of massage therapy to routine physical therapy. The conclusion was that both therapies are useful for sub-acute and chronic non-specific low back pain, especially if combined with exercise. However, the massage therapy group had significantly improved pain intensity when compared to the physical therapy group.  No wonder more hospitals are adding massage therapists to the payroll. The study also concluded that massage is more effective than electrotherapy modalities, and it can be used alone or with electrotherapy for patients with low back pain.

Research suggests that massage therapy is effective at relieving back and neck pain, migraines and tension headaches, labor pain and associated prenatal aches, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome, and pain associated with cancer. Massage relaxes overused muscles easing spasms and increases joint flexibility providing arthritic pain relief.

Besides pain reduction and relaxation, massage has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and also improve sleep quality. Massage & Bodywork can ease symptoms of PMS and help alleviate constipation. Massage affects your nervous system through nerve endings in your soft tissue, stimulating the release of endorphins. Endorphins help ease pain and promote relaxation, thus reducing stress chemicals like cortisol and noradrenaline.

Communication is key. Discuss your therapeutic goals with your therapist so that you get the most out of your treatment time. While massage is a wonderful therapy for relieving pain, if you don't get to the underlying cause (bad posture or body mechanics, weak muscles, psychosocial factors, etc..) it will just keep coming right back.

The combination of yoga and Pilate's is a great way to strengthen and lengthen your core muscles. Weak abdominals is a contributing factor in some patients experiencing low back pain. Pilate's focuses on strengthening your abdominals while the yoga back extensions are a great way to work your erector spinae and transversospinalis  muscle groups. These exercises not only strengthens, but also lengthens your muscles.

Talk to your health care provider before starting any new exercise regimen. Pilate's and yoga are generally safe for most people, but some exercises may need to be modified for individual needs or health concerns.

Spinal decompression therapy is great for people suffering from sciatica due to lumbar disc pathology, radiculopathy, sacroiliac dysfunction, low back pain or even functional scoliosis. If you have a herniated intervertebral disc you may have tried inversion tables, but for many this may trigger a headache or put strain on their knees or hip joints. Not to mention the lack of portability and mobility... The VerteCore Lift is an innovative new mobile decompression device that you can take with you anywhere. It's easy to use, the results are profound and it's very affordable.

Decompression using the VerteCore Lift allows for intervertebral disc resorption and the return of oxygen and nutrients to the compressed nerve root and disc allowing your body to heal and providing much needed relief from pain. For more information about this product and how you can purchase yours you can visit their website at vertecorelift.wordpress.com. You can also like them on Facebook or twitter. vertecore lift

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