Can massage therapy relieve chronic pain?
Chronic pain can have widely varying causes. Some of these are beyond the reach of massage therapy to treat, but many people suffer needlessly with everyday aches and pains that massage can relieve.
What is the benefit to you?
What if you didn’t have a headache at the end (or the beginning) of every day? What if you could get through your day without the constant struggle against the neck or back pain that dogs your every movement?
It is possible, even with longstanding pains that have resisted diagnosis and are unresponsive to drugs.
Why come to me for pain relief massage?
Years of experience allow me to anticipate the likely course of treatment; knowing what qualifies as even small progress is the key. Our goal is to:
- Determine whether this chronic pain can in any way be helped with massage
- Refer out for medical or other care when appropriate
- Decide which type of massage stands the best chance of relieving or eliminating the pain
Assessing soft tissue (muscle, tendon and ligament) injuries is a very tricky business. Often, people are given pain relievers or muscle relaxants as a blanket treatment. And sometimes this does not relieve the pain.
Often, injuries that have proven immune to pain relievers and muscle relaxants respond very well to massage therapy.
Because long-standing pain can also be a sign of a serious medical condition (and not soft tissue injury), we will make sure that you and your doctor have ruled out other more serious causes before we begin treatment; but once that’s done there is much that massage can accomplish to relieve chronic pain.
My training in assessing pain patterns and injury-specific treatments.
- Medical Massage for Low Back Pain with Robert King of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy
- Orthopedic Assessment with Whitney Lowe of the Orthopedic Massage Education and Research Institute (OMERI)
- Trigger Point Therapy with Beth Paris
- Pain Management Technique with Dr. Bruce Mann
- Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques with Dr. Erik Dalton of the Freedom From Pain Institute
- Comprehensive Orthopaedic Assessment with Canadian Institute of Manual Therapies (CIMT)