Pain affects every facet of daily life, our work, our attitude, our relationships, and our outlook on our future. For some, controlling pain with medications results in unpleasant side effects. Americans are reaching out in record numbers to find the best options for pain relief without the unpredictability traditional medicine. The CDC reports that the top four reasons adults used traditional medicines were to treat pain including back pain or problems, neck pain or problems, joint pain or stiffness/other joint condition, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal conditions.
“More than 26% of Americans (20 years and older), or about 76.5 million people, report they have experienced chronic pain. 30% of adults 45-65 reported pain lasting more than 24 hours. More women (27%) than men (24%) reported chronic pain.” National Center for Health Statistics (2006)
Whether from accidents, injuries, or previous illness, there’s a really good chance that regular massage can help you manage and reduce chronic pain. Massage can reduce pain and pain intensity in patients with metastatic bone pain on an immediate, intermediate and long term time frame. Massage can reduce the incidence and frequency associated with headache pain. Massage can relieve postoperative pain, reduce back and leg pain in pregnant women, decrease pain, distress, tension, and anxiety in children and adolescents with chronic pain (massage is recommended for children with cancer and “growing pains”.
Massage relieves chronic pain, chronic pain of moderate to severe intensity and those with myalgia, can reduce pain and improve the quality of life for adult cancer patients, improves function for those with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, provides relief for lower back pain, and the list goes on.
If you or someone you know is living with chronic pain, it might be good to give massage a try.