The Annals of Internal Medicine researcher’s analyzed “95 suicide notes from individuals with chronic pain; 64 of those notes stated that pain played a role in their decision to die by suicide—chilling and heartbreaking data.”
In this post, we’re going to define exactly what is chronic pain, and how and why massage is one of the best and natural ways to treat chronic pain.
Although, I can’t emphasize it enough that we, as individuals, have control of our own actions, and it is up to us to implement our own self-care management. At the end of my article in Ways to Take Care of Your Body – Getting a Massage is One of Them, I said that there is only ONE way to take care of our body and that is to take ACTION!
Luckily for us, a tender massage is in our near future!
Definition of Chronic Pain
Pain has been defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience.” Within pain are two types, acute and chronic, while the latter has been defined as persisting for more than 12 weeks or longer. Chronic pain can still linger even after the healing process.
And Over 50 percent of older adults have lived with chronic pain for over a year!
Medline Plus magazine stated that:
“Chronic pain may arise from an initial injury, such as a back sprain, or there may be an ongoing cause, such as illness. However, there may also be no clear cause. Other health problems, such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite, and mood changes, often accompany chronic pain. Chronic pain may limit a person’s movements, which can reduce flexibility, strength, and stamina. This difficulty in carrying out important and enjoyable activities can lead to disability and despair.”
Persistent pain can cause sleepless nights and elevate ones stress level, which worsens an already what-seems-to-be a hopeless situation.
Massage relaxes you, thus promoting your body to heal.
Treating Chronic Pain with Massage
Treating chronic pain with massage is natural since it does not involve you taking medicine. I believe it’s also one of the best ways; after all it’s been around for centuries.
It is in your best interest to let the professional massage therapist know your situation so you can receive a tailor-made treatment since each person’s situation is different. The therapist should gently massage with ease and tender as well as with a good listening ear so that she can hear you, in case you yelp, if she’s massaging too deep.
Manually manipulating your pain with a gentle massage can relax you, lowering stress level. It should not be too deep where it passes your pain threshold or your body will go into defensive mode causing you to tense up and reject the massage.
That being said, however, no two bodies are the same so different reactions may occur.
Once again, it is up to you to do something about your current situation, and a good start is to speak up about your condition. Other Treatments?
We touched a bit about pain medications and surgery. I know that this is a hot topic and people feel strongly in favor of taking opiods. However, these only treat the symptoms, it does not get to the bottom of the problem.
Also, as we speak, America is now going through an opioid crisis, if that tells you anything. It can also bring this vicious cycle of treating side effects from the medicines.
Surgery is just as bad. When this is sought out to treat chronic pain, it can lead to more problems, such as depression and adhesions or scar tissues. To me, it’s just not worth it and that’s just not how I want to live.
Massage releases endorphins that can lift up your spirit and mood. Now is a good time to either make that massage appointment with a great therapist or invest in doing self-care using massage tools. Just remember to massage with caution with chronic pain.
Our bodies are made to move freely, but as we age, our physical abilities to freely move cannot keep up with our will. Or perhaps your spirit is also down because you are depressed, and rightfully so, because living with chronic pain can bring us down.
Lucky for us, we were made with free will. If you’ve been suffering with chronic pain for years, now is the time to do something about it. It is up to you, and maybe you alone, that needs to bring change to your situation.
Seeking massage as a treatment is a good start. Just don’t forget to speak up to let the therapist know your unique case. Simply ask for a gently massage.
Little by little, these massages will lift up your mood and will gradually release the adhesions that your muscles have been under.
You have many options for treatment. But please, let surgery and medicine be the last resort. Try at least first, your own or a friend’s hand for massage. Or try out the new massage tool that’s in the market.
In the long run, you are in control of your own destiny, but please don’t live it in pain!
(Don’t forget: After massage, always drink plenty of water and do not over do it)