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Back pain is really common and we’re all afflicted with it at some point during our lives. There are certain things that trigger it, such as bad posture, standing or sitting in one position for too long, bending or picking something up awkwardly and so on.

Generally, back pain will get better in a few weeks or months.  If you’re not fixed in a few weeks though, this may be when a deep tissue massage (or sports massage as some people call it) can help to release tight muscles that are pushing or pulling on nerves and bones and creating associated pain.

Types of back pain

Backache is most common in the lower back.  That said, you can feel back pain anywhere along your spine, all the way from your neck right down to your hips. Below are some of the common examples explained.

Sciatica is an irritation or compression of your sciatic nerve, which causes back pain and also referred pain.  It’s often described as a numbness and tingling that radiates down one of your legs (it’s rarely both) and possibly in to your foot or toes.  The pain is also generally worse when you’re sitting.  It’s a sharp pain has been described as burning, tingling or searing, rather than a dull ache and can often result in a numbness/ weakness or difficulty moving your leg, foot and/ or toes.

Sciatica can vary from person to person depending on the location of the nerve that is pinched.  It can be irritating to constant and incapacitating.

While symptoms of sciatica can be painful and potentially debilitating, it is rare that permanent sciatic nerve damage (tissue damage) will result from sciatica.

Sciatica can be helped greatly by a massage. Below left, are some sciatica stretches that may also help in the short term.

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What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica happens because the base of our spine is irritated.  There are can be several reasons for this, for instance, if you get a narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back (lumbar spinal stenosis) then this can lead to sciatica because the narrowing puts pressure, thus irritation on your nerves that are in the area.

Likewise, if you get a degenerative disc disease (breakdown of discs, which act as cushions between the vertebrae) then this can trap the sciatic nerve and have the same effect of back pain in the same way that spondylolisthesis (a condition in which one vertebra slips forward over another one causing back pain) can also do the same.

Being overweight is also known to contribute towards sciatica and back pain in general because the increase in weight causes this irritation.  This is why lots of pregnant ladies also suffer from sciatica as well as back pain throughout the mid to latter periods of their pregnancy.  

If you have tight muscles from too much gymming, bad posture or a multitude of other reasons then the resulting muscle spasm in your back or buttocks can also result in sciatica and/ or back pain.  It is important to exercise regularly for good health and this can contribute towards prevention, but this must be done within the limitations your body sets to avoid damaging yourself and resulting in these or other conditions.

Other things that may make your back pain worse include wearing high heels, or sleeping on a mattress that is too soft.

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A Slipped disc (prolapsed disc or herniated disc) is when one of the discs in the spine is damaged and presses on nerves. A slipped disc happens when the outer case of your disc splits.  This results in the gel that is inside the disc normally, protruding and therefore bulging out.  The excess space that this takes up outside of the disc can put pressure on the whole of your spine or just a single place where a nerve leaves the spinal cord.

This means a slipped disc can cause back pain in the area of the protruding disc but also in the area of the body controlled by the nerve that the disc is pressing on. This can also lead to the symptoms associated with sciatica.

Ankylosing spondylitis – a long-term condition that causes back pain and stiffness where the spine meets the pelvis.

Osteoarthritis of the spine. Osteoarthritis is spinal arthritis.  It’s the breakdown of the cartilage between your spinal joints that butt against each other.  This reduction in cartilage means the bones then rub against each other causing back pain in this area of your spine.

Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia affects different people in different ways, but is characterised by pain and stiffness, fatigue and/or non-restorative sleep. You’ll generally feel pain widespread around your body, but with tender points that feel worse. Massage can target both of these points, the broad distribution of pain and the tender areas.

Can massage therapy help with the above types of back pain then?

Yes, as long as you have a trained and experienced therapist (which we are).

Where can I read more on the different types of massage therapies?

Deep tissue massage

Swedish massage

Triathlon massage

Myofascial release

How does massage help back pain?

Muscle strain is generally the end result of a most back pain whatever the cause.

The thing is, when you strain or tear the muscles in your back, the area around them gets inflamed like it does if you cut your finger.  This inflammation can make the muscles in your back spasm and cause both severe back pain and difficulty moving. Massage can help work out the spasm/irritation and improve range of motion.

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Why would I not be able to have a massage?

There are a few conditions which make deep tissue massage not ideal.  In this instance there are number of other therapies that would be more suitable and we can help you to make the best choice.

The following conditions would not be suitable:

Infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds

Immediately after surgery

Immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor

If you susceptible to blood clots as the clots risk being displaced. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor beforehand.

Pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage.

If you have a bruise, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumours, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures the massage will work around these areas.

Please Note:  Deep tissue massage is a totally safe treatment complementary to other therapies (it does not replace medical treatment).If you have doubts, please speak to your GP before coming along.

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