If you suffer from back pain every step you take can be excruciating. Simple everyday tasks like cooking, dressing, driving a car or sitting can be challenging or downright impossible. The idea of getting a good night’s sleep might be something you can only (day) dream about.
Massage therapists believe no-one should ‘put up’ with chronic pain. Regardless of whether the pain is in your lower back or neck or is caused by arthritis or an injury, musculoskeletal therapy may provide relief from pain and set you on track for gaining back your independence. Massage therapy uses various techniques to treat symptoms, relieve pain and identify the underlying causes of musculoskeletal dysfunction that results in back pain.
A massage therapist is trained in assessing causes of musculoskeletal dysfunction. Using specialised soft tissue techniques, a musculoskeletal therapist works on releasing tension in the skeleton, muscles and fascia to reduce spasm, improve range of motion and help spinal adjustments hold. Techniques may include:
- Joint mobilisation
- Hot/cold therapy
- Resistance therapy
- Dry needling
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Myofascial therapy
Massage therapists believe in the connection between the mind and the body. They listen to the body-mind connection to help reduce limitations or blocks that may be causing your back pain. You may be given a tailored program of stretches to do at home. They will also advise on correct lifting techniques, posture, nutrition and appropriate exercise. Massage therapy can help alleviate back pain and teach you skills to maintain strength, flexibility and function of your musculoskeletal system. So next time you are experiencing back pain a trip to a massage therapist maybe in order.
What Queensland Country Health Fund will pay for remedial massage:
To find out more about Megan Colwell, you can contact her via www.firsthingsfirst.com.au
*Benefits are payable for services rendered by Australian Regional Health Group Limited approved providers registered with Queensland Country Health Fund.
#Combined sub-limit: the maximum benefit amount claimable per person per Membership Year for a combination of chiropractic, remedial massage, myotherapy and osteopathic services. This is providing an individual person’s overall Therapies benefit limit for the Membership Year has not already been reached. If this was the case no further therapy benefits can be claimed by this individual on any therapy until a new Membership Year commences.