The answer for many people is a resounding yes! Massage therapy can be extremely effective in many ways such as the relaxing of tight muscles, increasing range of motion in joints, releasing endorphins, which help on a pain relief level. There are many different types of massage but overall it is considered to be a very safe, non-invasive and not overly aggressive form of treatment for both acute and chronic back pain, when compared to some other options.
Over the last 10 years or so, massage therapy has become more widely accepted within the medical, rehabilitation and therapy community as being an effective form of treatment for back pain of many types. It has become much more mainstream as a stand-alone treatment and also as a complimentary treatment option in conjunction with other medical or rehabilitation treatments.
As mentioned earlier, massage therapy has become a more mainstream choice of treatment for back pain and injury and consequently, healthcare providers such as medical doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists, surgeons and specialists regularly refer their patients to a massage therapist in addition to medical treatment. Feel free to ask your health care provider if a referral to massage therapy for your back pain would be beneficial. Most insurance companies cover therapeutic massage treatments through group benefits and private insurance plans, and HealthWorks offers the convenience of direct billing to most insurance companies and health plans.
When someone comes to HealthWorks for a massage therapy treatment for a specific neck or back problem, your treatment will always begin with a comprehensive health history questionnaire. This helps us to determine your overall health, the history of your condition and prior medical history. Then, a physical assessment of your areas of injury to determine the nature of your pain or injury and develop a treatment plan to help relieve your pain and symptoms. One question patients often ask is: What kind of massage will I get for my specific problem? For overall relaxation and circulation, many patients find the Relaxation Massage technique helpful. This technique is characterized by long gliding strokes and kneading motions.
For more specific areas of pain, such as shoulder, neck, hip and lower back strain, the Academy of Integrative Pain Management recognizes Therapeutic Massage as an effective form of treatment. Myofacial Release is a technique that uses sustained pressure and stretch that can be very effective to relieve chronic pain. The therapist will determine the best approach to use based on your history, the assessment and the symptoms you are experiencing. HealthWorks in Regina offers many types of Massage Therapy to help with your injuries, pain and problems. More of our treatment options and specialty treatments that we offer are:
Pregnancy / Prenatal Massage
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