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"Will working with a licensed massage therapist help alleviate my back pain?"
I am a 29 year old male with very bad back pain. Will a massage therapist help? What will?
Massage therapy can be very useful for some types of back pain. In particular, when the back pain is caused by or results in spasm of muscles surrounding the spine, called paraspinal muscle spasm, massage may help to release the tension in these muscles and relieve pain. Massage therapy also has other beneficial effects for those with chronic back pain. In particular the over all feeling of well being and relaxation that results from regular massage can have important effects on the perception of pain and disability. Most sufferers of chronic back pain should consult with a primary care doctor prior to initiating any regular massage work, especially if they are contemplating deep tissue massage. This is because there are several conditions associated with back pain that could be worsened by massage, resulting in worsening pain or nerve compression. If your doctor clears you for massage, then feel free to proceed. You could also talk to your doctor about other potential therapies for your back pain. It sounds like this has been going on for some time and that it might require some careful thinking about what other optins are available to you to help you get on with your life. Your doctor will be able to help.
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