Massage and Chronic Back Pain

back massage in chairEighty percent of adults in America will complain of at least one episode of back pain during their lives. Nearly a third of the population, however, suffers from chronic back pain, placing close to 100 million people in pain for long periods of time. Sometimes, the source of this back pain can be difficult to trace, often leaving people in pain with little to no hope for long-term relief.

Major muscle groups and nerves that connect to various parts of your body are located in your spinal area. Stress, strain, and overuse of these other body parts that are connected to the spine can be felt as back pain.

The Promising Treatment of Massage

If you’re seeking a conservative treatment to relieve your back pain, massage is an excellent therapy to try. Scientific studies published in the Journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the International Journal of Neuroscience have shown that massage therapy can give patients lasting relief from their spinal pain. In 2011 the Annals of Internal Medicine reported a study involving 400 patients who were suffering from moderate to severe pain in the lower lumbar region of the back. Three groups of patients were assigned to receive either a weekly full-body massage, a weekly massage targeting specific muscle issues, or no massage at all, with instructions to simply continuing their present pain-management techniques. The results, after ten weeks, showed significant improvements in pain relief for those receiving massage therapy. In fact, a third of the patients in each massage group reported either a complete absence of pain or close to feeling pain-free.

Why Massage Can Help With Back Pain

One of the key benefits of massage therapy is that it increases blood flow and circulation. If your pain is stemming from a strained muscle, for instance, better blood circulation can lessen soreness and help heal soft tissue injuries. Living with chronic back pain can bring on feelings of anxiety and depression that may intensify your pain. Massage therapy relieves muscle tension, and your psychological mood improves, too, through the release of endorphins, chemicals in your brain that lift your spirit.

Some causes of back pain are greatly helped with regular massage treatments, though not all pain can be successfully treated in this way. If you are suffering from pain that is caused by spinal stenosis or sciatica, massage may not be the answer to your pain relief. If your main complaint stems from muscle strain, particularly of the lower back, massage treatments are a good conservative treatment. Dr. Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD, at the Spine Institute Northwest, acknowledges the benefits of massage therapy for those who have spinal osteoarthritis, though Dr. Kamson recommends using a massage therapist with special training in this area.

If you are suffering from chronic back pain, find out if you can achieve relief through non-invasive massage therapy. Dr. Kamson will be able to diagnose your condition and recommend the appropriate treatment. He will help you determine whether massage is worth a try or whether it may worsen your pain. Contact the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA, today at (208) 496-0630 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sol Kamson.

Why Should You Choose the Spine Institute Northwest?

Living with chronic back pain can have a huge negative impact on your quality of life. It’s difficult, if not sometimes impossible, to enjoy daily life when pain is intruding on your ability to work and take part in activities you enjoy.

Turn to spine surgeon, Solomon Kamson at Spine Institute Northwest, who will help you sort out the best options in minimally invasive spine surgery to help you take back your life.

About Solomon Kamson, MD

Dr. Kamson is a highly experienced physician specializing in interventional pain management and minimally invasive surgical techniques. His areas of expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine conditions.

He completed his Surgical/Medical Internship at Mercy Hospital, through the University of Michigan. He finished an Anesthesiology Residency in 1985 at the University of Washington and has received many awards and scholarships related to his clinical research, teachings, and scholarly publications. Sol Kamson is certified to treat Interventional Pain by the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians, and he is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Minimally Invasive Spine Medicine & Surgery and at the Interventional Pain Practice, World Institute of Pain. Clearly, Solomon Kamson is an excellent choice when you are seeking a physician to treat your spine issues in a minimally invasive way, without resorting to open-back surgical procedures.

About the Spine Institute Northwest

Dr. Sol Kamson has helped hundreds of patients find relief from persistent back pain. He utilizes the latest technological advances at the Institute using the least invasive methods.

The friendly staff working with Dr. Kamson at Spine Institute Northwest makes your visit here as stress-free and comfortable as possible. Being greeted with a smile and prompt service can make big difference in your first impressions upon entering our offices. You will find that the team at the Spine Institute Northwest will continue to impress you with their ability to make you feel right at home with each and every visit you make. The office staff, nurses, and clinical assistants all work to ensure patient comfort and confidence that you’ve come to the right medical practice for your needs.

Every staff member is prepared to answer your every question and address your concerns, from medical queries to billing or insurance issues. If an answer is not within that person’s sphere of knowledge, rest assured your concerns will be directed to the correct person, including Dr. Kamson, if you need answers that relate directly to his expertise.

Customized Treatment Plans

There exist a variety of treatment options for back pain. Rest assured that Dr. Sol Kamson works with you to find the treatment plan that is ideal for your specific issues. Each individual patient is offered a number of different treatment plans. Discuss the options available to you that may include laser spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, radio frequency treatment, and many other choices. Contact Solomon Kamson, MD, PhD at the Spine Institute Northwest in Bothell, WA,  today to discover how you can regain your life and relieve back pain.