Massage therapy can offer significant health benefits, from relaxation to pain relief, and we’re noticing that more and more people are turning to massages to help alleviate their back pain.
But with hundreds of different options to choose from, it can be difficult to know which massage will be best for you. To set you on the right track, here are our three favourite massages for reducing back pain.
The Shiatsu massage is an ancient Japanese technique that combines gentle stretches with applying pressure with the fingers to work on different pressure points on the body.
The idea behind Shiatsu massage as an ‘alternative treatment’ is to balance the flow of energy in your body to heal and relax you. But it has been found to improve circulation and relieve stiff muscles, and those who receive Shiatsu massages often report relief from stress and back pain afterwards.
The methods used in a deep tissue massage are similar to that of a Swedish massage (which we talked about in our ‘Best Massages for Stress and Anxiety’ blog post), but with a focus on relieving tension from the deepest layers of muscle tissue.
If you do choose a deep tissue massage, keep in mind that they’re used for rehabilitation and healing, not relaxation – so if you are looking for a calming spa experience, this will probably not be the treatment for you.
The massage therapist will apply various amounts of pressure to tight or painful muscles in the back, sometimes moving against the muscle as opposed to with them, meaning that you may experience some initial discomfort during the massage itself, but once this subsides, you will find moving around easier and the tension and pain in your back will be relieved.
Trigger point therapy
Last, but certainly not least, we have trigger point therapy.
A trigger point is a tight area in muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body (so if you have pain in your back, the cause of the pain may not necessarily be in the back itself).
Trigger point therapy is designed specifically to target these problem areas and reduce back pain at its source through the use of applying deliberate, isolated pressure and release. You will play a fairly active role in this type of massage through deep breathing exercises and helping your therapist identify the exact location and intensity of the pain or discomfort you’re feeling.
Because this massage focuses on the exact source of the pain, you can sometimes experience a significant decrease in discomfort after just one session, but booking regular treatments is often the best way to ward off back pain and keep feeling your best.
Are you ready to book a massage?
If you have any form of back or muscle pain, letting it sit can often just make it worse, so booking a pain relieving massage can be the first step to a healthier and more comfortable you.
If you’re ready to book your massage (or if you plan on getting more treatments in the future), take a look and see if your local spa is signed up to My Spa Pass. Hundreds of spas across the UK have joined us to offer exclusive discounts to My Spa Pass members all year round to help keep healthy lifestyles affordable.