​Massage vs. Medication: Relieving Pain Alternative

Chronic pain may be a reality for many individuals due to varying circumstances, such as diseases or health complications, underlying illnesses, accidents and more. Whatever the condition, chronic pain can severely impair a person’s ability to live life independently and on a day-to-day basis.

Dealing with pain may make it difficult for person to do to everyday tasks, such as getting dressed, cooking and eating, maintain hygiene and more.

Medication management can be an important part of coping with pain. However, as with all prescription and over the counter medications, unwanted side effects may be experienced. Perhaps one of the most dangerous aspects about using medication to manage pain is the tolerance that is built and the potential for depending or addiction to the drug that is taken. Prescription medications should always be taken with discretion under the supervision of a doctor, who is qualified to monitor use and potential side effects.

Finding Alternative Pain Relief

In some situations, it may be appropriate to explore possible alternative forms of pain relief to help manage symptoms before resorting to medication. Alternative forms of pain relief typically involve little to no risk or side effects and can help restore function and balance to the body In a more holistic manner.

Many forms of alternative pain relief exist, and it may be beneficial to explore a form of pain relief that is most appropriate for you.

Massage Therapy

One form of pain relief that can easily be integrated into a person’s life is massage therapy. Massage therapy involves work on the soft tissues of the body, which includes connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. The purpose of massage therapy is to promote physical and emotional health and well-being through muscle balancing and bodywork.

Massage therapy can be helpful in decreasing stress and any related symptoms, including:

– Insomnia
– Headaches
– Tension
– Muscle fatigue
– Joint pain

Your Experience at Your First Massage

You may initially experience some discomfort during your massage appointment, particularly as a therapist works through deeper muscle layers or areas or the body that are more painful. You may experience soreness after your massage appointment, but this typically improves one to two days after the massage.

Talk with your practitioner about the recommended amount of therapy that may be helpful for managing or relieving your pain. Your massage therapist may be able to recommend a care plan that can help you recover and effectively manage any pain you are experiencing.

Now is the time to stop masking the pain and identify the source of the problem to eliminate the symptoms naturally.

To learn more about massage therapy / bodywork or to schedule a session feel free to contact us at 813-695-2338 / Chris@ImpactWellness.com

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