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Dr. Carl Balog specializes in chronic pain and has successfully performed thousands of minimally invasive procedures that have helped his clients go on to live their lives pain free. When it comes to chronic pain, there are several different ways you can approach managing the pain, and massage is one of the many ways to treat chronic lower back pain.

For many years, people have sought after massage as a way to relax their mind and body. Recent studies are beginning to show that massage can help with much more that just relaxation. The study followed more than four hundred patients suffering from chronic lower back pain. The patients were divided into three groups. One group received no massage treatments while the other two groups received either relaxation massage or structural massage. The study found that one in three patients receiving massage therapy reported reduced back pain while only one in twenty five receiving not massage therapy reported reduced back pain. Not only did the patients receiving massage therapy show a decrease in back pain, they also reported an increase in physical function and reduced use of anti-inflammatory medication. Those who received massage therapy were able to function better than those not receiving massage. Some people have even stated that massage therapy worked better than over the counter pain killers.

Massage therapy not only helps those suffering from lower back pain, it offers a myriad of health benefits. While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

 


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