How I Treated My Loved One’s Lower Back Pain


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A study on massage and back pain conducted at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami in 2001 found that: “Massage lessened lower back pain, depression and anxiety, and improved sleep. The massage therapy group also showed improved range of motion and their serotonin and dopamine levels were higher.” (International Journal of Neuroscience, 106, 131-145.)

Loved one with Back Injury

My honey (papa dukes) suffered with back pain for 12 years. His first injury was in 2000 while at work. He lifted a refrigerator onto the back of a pick up truck with a coworker. It slipped from the co-worker’s grip and he pulled it with all his might and stopped it from falling onto his teammate. The price he paid for saving a life, a herniated disc, L1 & S1. His pain never went away and he was on medication for years. I did not professionally learned massage therapy yet. I was more of a raw skilled Massage Therapist with little stamina. In 2008 he lifted a snow blower onto a truck and instantly suffered a nerve impingement in the same area is what the Doctor said. By this time I had already graduated massage school and had learned trigger points and a few other tips and tricks for treating back pain.

What I did to help

I was on call most of the time. Whenever he needed pain relief via massage, I was ready with my muscle and joint oil. I used Trigger Points and Myofascial Stretches techniques to relieve his back pain. I treated the entire left Lumbar Spine region. When I learned Table Thai massage it helped even more. Using some fresh lower extremity stretches in conjunction with heat or ice if there was any swelling. Bio freeze also became a necessity in our house. He has learned how to manage his back pain when I am not at home with the self-care treatment I put together for him. However he says its just feels better, more relaxed and taken care of when his professional massage therapist can provide that nurturing touch. Lucky Him huh?

How often should you get a massage?

If a doctor has already diagnosed you, please inform your massage therapist of your low back injuries. If your injury is relatively new and confined to one area of the back, you may find that massage helps relieve back pain in 2-3 sessions. Most muscle spasms require four massage treatments, usually over the course of six weeks, to achieve the best effect.

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