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Does massage relieve back pain?

Bijgewerkt op: 25 feb. 2023

Back pain. How does massage help to relieve it?

Did you know that back pain is one of the most common ailments among people all over the world?

In fact, a study by the American College of Rheumatology in the United States indicates that 80% of the world's population suffers from this ailment at some point in their lives.

This study pointed out that most episodes of back pain are caused by overuse of the back and spine where inappropriate movements are performed. For example, we lift dead weights off the floor improperly or maintain poor posture at the computer and when walking.

In addition, some other causes of back pain are:

  • Poor sleeping posture

  • Stress at work

  • Carrying a pregnancy or a baby

  • Or some illnesses.

Therefore, it is very important that we learn not only how to cure this ailment but also how to prevent its occurrence.

How to prevent back pain?

Prevention is the best ally to avoid back pain. Here are some actions that will help you to prevent it:

  • Adopt a correct posture when sitting, a straight back with lumbar support, relaxed shoulders and an upright head.

  • Observe your standing position. Gently pull your shoulders back, keeping your head up with your neck straight.

  • Choose your mattress wisely. Choose a mattress that is neither too hard nor too soft, so that it adapts to the curves of your spine.

  • Try not to lift heavy objects. If you must, bend your knees and keep your back straight to lift weights.

  • Watch your weight. Being overweight puts pressure on your back.

  • Reduce stress. A lot of worries, problems and negative emotions are concentrated in the back and turn into pain. To counteract this, massages are a great option.

Is a massage to relieve back pain good for you?

Yes, it is.

A study by the Cochrane Library, a group of databases of independent health studies, found that among people with low back pain lasting more than 4 weeks, massage provided better relief than no treatment or a "placebo" treatment, such as light touch to the skin.

The study also showed that massage therapy improved discomfort more than other treatments such as acupuncture, traction and relaxation exercises, for example.

It is precisely the massages that improve posture, which is usually adapted to a position that may not be very beneficial for many hours. With massages, we at Womas Massage Studio in Rotterdam will readjust your musculature so that it returns to its natural state.

I am Paola, founder of Womas Massage Studio in Rotterdam and I am happy to advise you about back pain. I know it's very common these days and I can help you to combat it. Contact us and make an appointment with us now so we can help you alleviate those aches and pains.

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