“My back hurts.” This is the usual complaint of almost anyone whether working in a high class office or just at home. With this complaint we usually search and inquire about massages. But did you know there is a specific massage for the back and this is called b
ack pain massage. The name says it all.
According to a research done by the American Massage Therapy Association in July 2001 there was an increase in adults who receive back pain massage. A lot of healthcare personal have now accepted massage therapy as a part of the treatment of lower back pain. A study done in 2001 at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami stated: “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.”
There are a lot of benefits from massage therapy. The benefits include better blood circulation, muscle relaxant and relieves stress. These benefits were proven by the American Massage Therapy Association.
How does back pain massage works?
To start off we shall discuss the things we need for a back pain massage. There are five essential things one will need: a clean sheet, three towels, pillow or cushion, oil, and massage table or mattress or a mat will do. A friendly note, the massage must be done in a well-ventilated room that has the right temperature, not too cold or too hot. On top of the mat place the pillow approximately at the chest level. Use the clean sheets to catch excess oil. The towels are placed at the level of the forehead to ensure that the person’s neck is straight. Another towel is placed beneath the ankles to support the lower back. The last towel is placed over the legs just below the lower back to catch excess oil. Before letting the person lays down make them loosen their bottoms or pants. This will make access to the lower back easier. The person is now ready for a back pain massage.
We shall now start the back pain massage. Rub a few drops of oil on your hand then gently spread it evenly on the mid and lower back of the person lying down. Using the same gentle and light pressure on the mid and lower back move your palms in a circular pattern starting from the hips moving towards the mid back just below the lower ribs. Once reaching the area of the lower rib area move your hands toward the side then move back towards the hips. Do not massage the spine area. Do this repeatedly for four times.
The next step in back pain massage is called lifting. Without losing contact with the skin, let the fingers stay straight and the thumb on the opposite end. This is sometimes called the “lobster claws.” Gently do a pinch-like motion throughout the back. Remember to check the person lying done every now and then.
Next step is called thumb work. The thumb will now do all the work. Start doing gentle strokes from the lower rib going downward to the sacrum or hip area. Once the thumb reaches this part of the back gently slide the thumb towards the side. Repeat this step two more times.
After the thumb work we move on to the so-called knuckling. Knuckling is done by tucking in the fingers into a fist. This part of back pain massage is usually done on the lower back. Start from the sacrum going to the hips and gently roll the fists in light strokes. Repeat this step for three cycles.
So there you have it, these are the basics in back pain massage. All of which are simple and easy to do that could help you give a back massage you could give your loved ones a simple massage to make them feel relaxed. Enjoy!