Far too often people rely on regular deep tissue massage to help them deal with their lower back discomfort.
Although deep tissue massage may give you temporarily relief, it is not correcting the biomechanical causes of back pain.
Biomechanicawhat you ask?
Biomechanics, is the word physiotherapists use to describe the ‘mechanics of the body’
Basically – how your body is being affected by the day to day factors that act on it, such as sitting posture and lifting technique.
Deep tissue massage only addresses the muscular component of back pain – it does not take into account anything that is happening on a bone/joint level.
We know that if your spinal joints are stiff (due to being overloaded) then this is one of the most common causes of back pain.
Now don’t get me wrong, we use deep tissue massage as part of our treatment for back pain, but it is only one component, we also do a postural analysis, mobilise stiff joints, use clinical Pilates to get muscles strong as well as a home exercise program to consolidate results achieved in the clinic.
If you are still set on getting regular deep tissue massages, then here are my tips on how to maximise them:
- Perform regular lower back mobility stretches in the days immediately after your massage
- Drink lots of water after your massage
- Use a hot pack in the hours following the massage
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