Recurring Pain Doesn’t Need To Be Unmanageable

Recurring pain can be managed through massage and many people seek massage for help dealing with consistent problem areas.  Repeating an action over and over stresses the muscle and leads to tension. Continuing the same repetitive motion disallows the muscle to heal properly.  Over time, the body reacts by tightening everything up in that area in an attempt to give it needed support. Which often leads to recurring, and sometimes chronic, pain and tension– sometimes referred to as a repetitive stress or repetitive motion injury.

In many cases, the recurring pain is work-related; and while we’d all love to take a month off to rest our bodies, reality usually forbids it.  Thus we must create a management program to help reduce symptoms and manage pain. Massage, stretching, exercise, yoga, mindfulness, acupuncture, and lifestyle adjustment are all ways to help get on top of problem areas.
Check this list of “warning signs” that indicate repetitive stress injuries from (Massage Magazine’s website).
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty using body part
  • Waking up with pain
  • Tingling, numbness and burning
  • Recurring pain
  • Lack of endurance
  • Feeling of heaviness in body part

Feeling these sensations consistently in an area tells you that you need to start taking steps to care for that area. Your massage therapist can help you jump start your program to take control of your pain cycle. By applying directed techniques, targeted therapeutic massage can disrupt the pain cycle and relax the tension in the muscles and surrounding tissues. It can also help relieve any stress component that may be contributing to muscle tension.

If a problem is relatively new or low-intensity, often a couple of sessions can make a big difference. For longer-term problems it may take a series of sessions for optimal results. For those who are not in a position to make lifestyle changes to stop perpetuating the problem, a regular routine can help you manage and mitigate flare-ups for better over all daily living.
So whether you have tech neck from sitting on a computer, shoulder pain from working with your arms out in front of you, or achy feet from standing all day, massage can help you feel  better and get back to what you do.



One comment

  • Melissa

    March 29, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    Thankyou for posting! I like your “warning signs”. People need consistent massage sessions to help alleviate their pain. 🙂

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