Massage and Back Pain: How it Can Help Dad This Father’s Day

Written by Julieta Hernandez , Posted in Articles, Sports Massage

Massage and Back Pain - How it Can Help Dad This Father's Day

There are many different kinds of back pain a man can get as he gets older. Some types of back pain come and go, while others are pretty constant. No one likes laying on heating pads all the time or taking strong pain relievers just to get through their day without back pain. Fortunately, most types of back pain can be treated with massage. If your dad is suffering from back pain, the gift of massage will do him wonders. It’s the best gift you can give him to show your love and care. Here are three types of back pain that respond wonderfully to massage.

1. Mechanical Pain

Also referred to as axial pain, this type of back pain is the most common. It is caused by strain in the muscles, which is easy to get after years of working a hard job of manual labor, sports, or after years of sitting at a desk using incorrect posture. Muscle pain like this responds beautifully to massage. Massage releases the tightness in the muscles, allowing them to relax and feel comfortable gain. Once your dad has one massage session for his mechanical back pain, he will definitely want to come back for more. You may even see him become a regular client of the massage therapist you chose for him!

2. Radiating Pain

This pain is dull, achy, and unpleasant. It also tends to move from location to location and changes its intensity quite frequently. This is very unlike mechanical pain, which tends to stay in one place and doesn’t change in intensity much, if at all. Radiating pain is sometimes called referred pain. It starts in one place, but radiates out to affect other locations. This pain can be caused by muscle injuries or spinal issues, such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease.

Massage can help ease this pain by finding the origin point and working on increasing blood flow to it. This has the dual effect of relaxing the painful area, while bringing healing blood to it so the injury can begin to get better. More than one massage therapy session is necessary for optimum results for this type of pain. If you get your dad in for one session, he’ll probably be back for more. Alternately, you could get him a package of several appointments to help heal his back pain.

3. Sciatica

This is a deep pain that usually radiates through an arm, leg, or other extremity. It can have numbness and tingling associated with it, in addition to a deep, piercing type of pain. The cause of sciatica pain is usually some kind of compression on a nerve in the back that causes pain to radiate down the limbs. Inflammation and injuries to a spinal nerve can also lead to sciatica pain, as can herniated discs.

Anti-inflammatory drugs and sometimes even surgery are prescribed to take care of sciatica. However, these can take a while to work, and some residual pain may always be there. Massage can help ease residual pain from sciatica, and make other treatments for it more effective.

We All Want the Best for Our Dads

You love your dad and want the best for him. If he has back pain of any kind, massage therapy can usually help. This Father’s Day, try giving him the gift of massage. Once he experiences the relief from back pain massage can offer, you will definitely win Daughter or Son of the Year as far as your dad is concerned.

Julieta Hernandez

Julieta is the owner of Matrix Spa & Massage in Salt Lake City, UT. She and her staff pride themselves on providing the best massages in a truly comfortable and relaxed environment.

Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
It depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want to be touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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