Chronic pain is defined as pain that has persisted for 3 months or more. It may have dated from an injury that didn’t heal properly, or be associated with an underlying condition (such as arthritis), or you may not be able to identify any cause for it at all.
An acute injury will have arisen from a particular trauma or repetitive stress such as an accident or it might be sports or work related. There is damage to the bodies tissues for example fractures, broken bones or damage to muscles, tendons or ligaments.
Some examples of common pain conditions that can be helped with massage are listed below:
- Low back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain and tension
- Hip pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sports injuries
- Strains and sprains
How can massage therapy help?
During a massage session I use several different techniques that can help reduce your pain. Myfascial release techniques can help to release restrictions in the myofascia, the connective tissue that surrounds and connects all the structures of the body. This can be particularly important in chronic pain where there may be stiffness or restriction of movement. Trigger points are tender ‘knotted’ points in muscles that can cause pain locally and can also refer pain to unexpected locations. Treatment of trigger points can be effective in reducing pain when it is chronic and also in the aftermath of an injury. Rehabilitation is also important and the use of strengthening or stretching exercises to help return function to normal.
How many session will I need?
My aim will be to help you achieve a significant reduction in your pain levels and its impact on your life within one to six sessions. The exact number of sessions you will need and how often you will need them will depend on how severe your pain is and how long you have had it. On your first session we will go through a full assessment and as part of this we will discuss and agree on a treatment plan that works for you.
Will I have to do any exercises?
The short answer is yes! I will most likely give you some simple exercises such as stretches or strengthening exercises or self trigger point massage. These exercises shouldn’t take much time to do but making them part of your routine will help speed up your recovery.
Contact me now to make an appointment or to discuss how Massage Therapy can help you!