When you have backbone and spine problems, the pain can be quite unbearable. One of the best treatment options of back pain is massage therapy. Therapeutic back massage begins with you lying on your belly n top of a solid, comfortable surface. The massage techniques used are as follows:
- Whole hand effleurage
This is the technique of using the whole surfaces of the hands to stroke the back smoothly and rhythmically. Your therapist warms the massage oil in their hands and then applies a modest amount of it with whole hand effleurage. The stroking is done firmly, moving from the lower back upwards to the neck. Each complete motion is followed by circling around to the lower back area while applying gentle pressure. It can take between five to ten minutes.
- Heel of the hand effleurage
With this technique, the pressure applied is deeper as the area of contact is smaller. Your therapist works both hands in circles, beginning at the lower back area. The circular movement starts with an outward movement, the upwards before returning to the center. The hands progress slowly to the area of the upper back, taking up to five minutes.
- Effleurage with reinforced fingers
Your therapist stands on the side opposite to the part of the back they are working on. One hand is laid on top of the other at the lower back, and then they are pushed with the flats of the fingers away from the center line. Still maintaining this smooth motion, the fingers glide back towards the spine, gradually working up to the upper area of the back.
- Using reinforced thumb in stripping
Using the thumb, your therapist glides up the entire length of the muscles on either side of the spine that is sausage-shaped. While gliding, deep pressure is sustained and at the neck area it is lessened. The therapist glides from lower back to upper back slowly and deliberately, feeling for sensitive spots or knots. This stripping technique is applied three times on each side, while being alternated with the effleurage techniques.
- Using the reinforced middle finger to apply friction
This technique involves firm deep movements of the middle finger, which start at either sides of the lower spine and then move upwards. Each area is rubbed five times to apply friction, with deeper movements being applied over the sore or knotted spots.
- Forearm effleurage
Using the forearms, firm downwards pressure is applied. The arms are then moved closer to the head, up to the area just below the shoulder blades. Six strokes are applied this way. You should be prepared for possible lower back pain when the first stroke is applied.
- Trigger point release
The sustained pressure of the reinforced thumb is used for trigger point release. Guided by your pain, the therapist places the thumb over the knots or tender spots and then presses firmly while gradually increasing the pressure until the level of pain you experience is 6 or 7, on a scale of 1 to 10. This pressure is held and in about five seconds, the pain lowers to 4. Without stopping the pressure, the trigger point release is repeated.
Stripping and trigger point release are finally reinforced with the application of the first three effleurage techniques. Following the massage, you should have short walking breaks every thirty minutes after sitting or standing still. Frequent sipping of water is also recommended.
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