How massage therapy can help with pain
Written by Noel Williams
Massage therapy is one of the oldest and most effective forms of alternative healing. With recorded origins of massage therapy dating as far back as 3000BC in the ancient cultures of Egypt and China, massage therapy has been used to heal the body's ailments naturally and holistically.
One of the greatest physical benefits of massage therapy is pain relief. There are over 600 muscles in the body. Massage techniques such as deep tissue or trigger point, identify, target, and then release the specific muscles contributing to your pain. When you experience pain in a particular muscle group or area (for example; tension headaches, often felt in the neck, shoulders, and base of the skull) and you take over the counter or prescription painkillers, your entire body including your organs are impacted. Painkillers work by inhibiting your brain's perception of pain. The pain is still there. You have merely temporarily dulled the intensity of the sensation of the pain. Between the depressant effects on the central nervous system and the effects on the detoxifying organs such as the liver and kidneys, long term use of pain killers wreck havoc on the body. Massage therapy can address the root cause of your pain by targeting specific muscles. Still using the example of tension headaches, if the muscles of your shoulders and neck are chronically tight, your pain will return once the painkillers have worked their way out of your system. The cycle of only masking your pain with more over the counter and prescription painkillers continues.
Consistent massage therapy makes an excellent preventative and maintenance health routine. Much like eating healthy or working out, massage is best if its received on a regular and consistent basis. For most people receiving a massage at least once a month makes significant improvements in the overall quality of life.