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- Nov 15 2017
Massage for Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain is a common complaint among athletes and non-athletes. Lower back pain can result due to poor posture, a strain from lifting something the wrong way, an injury from a fall or stress resulting from exercise. People suffering from low back pain caused by muscle tension and strain can get substantial healing and pain relief by massage therapy if the correct muscles are targeted. Stretching and deep muscle massage are the most effective treatments for lower back pain and discomfort.
A massage therapist kneads, rubs, and strokes the affected muscles to increase blood flow throughout the body. This, in turns, delivers oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and helps eliminate any acids or other waste products that accumulate there, thereby relieving pain.
Types of Massage
Swedish Massage: Combines light stroking in one direction with deep pressure in another to relax muscles.
Deep Tissue Massage: Targets chronic muscle tension using slower strokes and more direct pressure and friction.
Myofascial release: Releases tension stored in the fascia.
Trigger point and myotherapy: Direct pressure placed on trigger points to cause their release.
Shiatsu: An oriental therapy based on acupressure.
Reiki: A Japanese form of massage that seeks to adjust the body’s energy.
Method of doing Massage
Step 1: Rub hands with a lotion or oil to prevent friction as hands move over the back. Squirt some of the oil directly onto the back to lubricate the skin more efficiently.
Step 2: Apply light strokes to the beginning of the massage to warm up the lower back. Called effleurage, the light touch can include rubbing oil gently with fingers. Effleurage should last for about five minutes to acclimate the person to your touch.
Step 3: Push hands upward, towards the heart, because that’s the direction in which the blood flows. Keep the strokes moving from the tailbone up through the lower back. Return your hands to the bottom by sliding them gently along the person’s sides.
Step 4: Use circular kneading rotations with hands after you warm up the back. Press with slight pressure, using your palms and your fingers to break up knots and move toxins that have accumulated in the muscles. Called petrissage, you can alternate the kneading with the initial light strokes for an additional three minutes before engaging stronger strokes.
Step 5: work your thumbs over the top of the buttocks with increasing pressure. Press your thumbs into the center of the lowest part of the back and move them in circular motions outward toward each side, then upward toward the center of the back.
Step 6: place your thumbs in the center of the lowest part of the back and splay your fingers out to the sides. Press down and maintain the pressure as you slide your thumbs up toward the middle of the back. Run your fingers lightly down the sides and repeat the upward sustained motions five or 10 times. Finish the massage with additional effleurage to cool down the muscles.
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