To counteract the pain, your lymph system, the body’s trash can, creates excess inflammation and fluid. That puts pressure on blood vessels, causing muscles to tighten and shorten.
As the pressure increases, it irritates the nerves. No wonder you feel so much pain! Massage helps your body remove excess fluid and inflammation, allowing the blood to flow the way your body intended.
With regular massage sessions, your nervous system, the main computer of your body, is actually re-programmed. And this breaks the old cycle of pain.
So what kind of massage is best for pain?
For general pain relief the best method is actually Relaxation or Swedish Massage.
This does not mean a ‘soft’ massage!
Swedish massage uses techniques which focus on improving circulation of blood and lymph and relaxing superficial muscles. While remedial or deep tissue massage focuses on connective tissue.
The National Institute of Health found that Swedish Massage greatly increased the contentment hormone, oxytocin, much more than deep tissue massage can.
In addition, massage supports your adrenal glands, those hardworking stress fighters. Already overworked from managing pain, massage helps the adrenal glands to decrease the stress hormone, cortisol.
That means you experience much less pain or no pain at all. Many of our regular chronic pain massage clients tell us they have actually reduced their pain medications because of massage.