Why deep tissue massage & physical therapy should be your first treatment for back pain – NOT painkillers



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If you have ever suffered from low back pain, then you know how uncomfortable it can be. Simple everyday things such as tying your shoes, sitting in a chair, sleeping in bed, and walking upstairs can become big challenges. Daily discomfort is no fun.

Approximately 80 percent of adults experience back pain at some point in their lives. Older individuals that are overweight are at a greater risk for developing back pain. It’s not just something that impacts athletes or people that do physical labour. In fact, sedentary lifestyles can initiate chronic back pain.


Do d
eep tissue massage & physical therapy work to relieve back pain? 

Deep tissue massage & physical therapy are popular therapies that helps millions of people with a wide variety of spinal conditions, including:

  • Muscle tension
  • Muscle spasms
  • Inflammation
  • Aches
  • Stiffness
  • Pain

 

Though we spend huge amounts each year in the hope of easing aching backs, evidence is mounting that many pricey standard treatments — including surgery and spinal injections — are often ineffective and can even worsen and prolong the problem.

A recent study in the journal Health Services Research suggests trying physical therapy first may at least ease the strain on the patient’s wallet in the long term — and also curb reliance on painkillers, which in turn carry their own risks.

It also uncovered that patients who saw a physical therapist before trying other treatments had an 89 percent lower probability of eventually needing to take painkillers.

Refreshingly the study also stated : “People who get trained in physical therapy have very specialized knowledge about pain management, especially with the muscular skeletal system. They might actually understand this pain better than the average family physician.”

It is worthwhile noting that whilst we can treat the pain, here at Elite Performance Therapy we also guide patients through exercise regimens that strengthen weakened muscles and help them develop control over their movements, including improving posture.

In an era of pervasive use of painkillers, we at Elite Performance Therapy believe it is our duty to educate and to reduce the number of painkillers in circulation. Our aim is to help and teach patients to manage the current pain that they have and prevent it from coming back in the future. As such we provide ideas on exercises, movement and ways of living and working to prevent the pain from getting worse — and hopefully from ever coming back.

Client Feedback

For years I lived with low back pain however after just 3 sessions, I am playing sports completely pain free and with more mobility and flexibility. Worth every penny, thank you Isy.

J Stanley

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