Back pain is one of the most common ailments in the UK – according to the Office of National Statistics; 131 million days were lost due to sickness absences in the UK in 2013.
It’s always good to have a weapon against chronic pain in your armour – or even a way of nipping aches and pains in the bud before they lead to time off. Thai massage might be the solution for you.
Thai massage is excellent for relieving lower back pain especially, whether it’s acute or long term. The combination of acupressure, deep tissue techniques and yoga-like stretches is designed to help your body release the tension it holds in the muscles, increase joint movement and circulation of lymph fluid and blood. And of course, it’s also great for stress.
Clinical studies have shown that a great massage, and especially a Thai massage, will do wonders for decreasing the pain and your perception of it, and can be even more effective than drugs and surgery which can both have side effects.
You don’t have to be bendy or able to hold a yoga pose to have a Thai massage, and you’ll probably find that a few treatments will increase your flexibility too.
During the treatment, remember that it’s YOUR massage and so if there are any areas that are painful, or areas you’d like more attention, just ask! Just one session can give you immediate relief, but for lasting results, especially for a chronic condition, you’ll probably need a few sessions. Having a few sessions very close together is really effective if you can manage it, and then a follow-up appointment two or three weeks later to check your progress is recommended.
You’ll get the best results if you also take care of yourself when you’re not having a session, too. It’s a good idea to ask the therapist to leave a little extra time at the end to show you a few techniques that you can try yourself at home to help relieve the pain, like self-massage, stretches, heat or exercises you can try that might help.
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