Muscle Strain — How To Get Pain Relief From Massage Therapy For Lower Back Pain

You should never underestimate the seriousness of lower back pain. This condition makes it hard to work, and it is not just the pain. Many back pain patients have problems sleeping. Chronic back pain makes it hard to fall asleep and stay sleep. Lack of sleep can make your pain worse. This leads to a frustrating cycle. At some point, you are going to go into work tired after a long night of tossing and turning. Read on to find out how to get pain relief from massage therapy.

Understand The Seriousness Of A Muscle Strain

A muscle strain occurs when fibers in your muscle start to tear from being overused. It is a soft tissue injury that can occur in your lower back. When diagnosed with a muscle strain, some people underestimate the seriousness of this condition. However, the resulting symptoms can get severe. Common symptoms may include shooting pain and muscle spasms.

How Does It Work?

Massage therapy can alleviate your pain. Your therapist must target the right muscles. The gluteus medius and quadratus lumborum (QL) are the two muscles that cause pain in your lower back. If you strain one of these muscles, then the pain can be debilitating and severe. To alleviate pain and promote healing, your massage therapist should focus on these two muscles.

The QL Massage

This treatment will need to be administered in sessions. Your massage therapist can start the treatment by working on one muscle and moving on to the next one. A good starting point is the QL muscle, which attaches to the last rib on your pelvis. This muscle is in control of structural alignment and pelvic stability. For a QL massage, you will spend a good amount of time on your side.

The Gluteus Medius Massage

The gluteus medius is the muscle that surrounds the buttocks and posterior hip. It is common for the gluteus medius to cause pain when the QL muscle becomes irritated. The gluteus medius must compensate when the QL becomes dysfunctional.

During a session, your therapist will focus on simultaneously massaging and stretching this area. You will have to lay on your stomach during the treatment.

You do not want to become disabled. It helps to be open-minded about treatments for lower back pain. Traditional medication is not always enough or can be ineffective for some patients. Massage therapy allows your body to self-heal and alleviates your pain.