Back Massage Techniques for Lower Back Pain Relief
Are you having trouble loosening up the muscles that are causing your discomfort?
Trigger point myofascial massage therapy may be just the thing for you to try, for relief of your back pain.
What is trigger point myofascial massage therapy?
First let’s define the ten-dollar word: “Myofascial – of or relating to the fascia [connective tissue] surrounding and separating muscle tissue.”
Thus, myofascial massage therapy pertains to the application of massage techniques to loosen up this tissue, and relieve the muscular stress and pain.
Trigger point myofascial massage is focused on pinpointing those problem areas and muscles that are seized up and need to be released, with a deep-tissue muscle massage. Yes, this type of therapy will likely hurt (at least at first), but that just means it’s working. One treatment of this type of massage can produce significant relief, as working out these knots is the key to relieving the pain. However, multiple sessions are typically needed to get the muscles to permanently relax and not retighten, and to release the toxins built up in the muscle tissue.
Trigger point massage techniques using rollers and balls help facilitate this type of self-therapy, which can be done in the privacy of your own home, without the need for a personal massage therapist. Using trigger point tools such as a massage ball and a quadballer (which looks like a dumbbell) a person can perform self massage on their back, gluts, quadriceps, hamstrings, and iliotibial (IT) bands. By rolling over these items with the use of their body weight, one can use the ball and roller to provide pressure-and-release cycles to the tightened muscles and tendons. Loosening up these tender areas will naturally release the tightness and tension in the lower back muscles, helping to relieve the chronic pain. There are also helpful books dedicated solely to this art, such as “Trigger Point Therapy for Low Back Pain: A Self Treatment Workbook.”
If you're not inclined to self massage, or would prefer the expertise of a professional, many physical therapists are specially trained in this massage technique. These therapists tend to use their hands and fingers to pinpoint the tissue knots, rather than rely on balls and rollers. The advantage of the hand massage is that the therapist can actually feel the knots releasing as they cyclicly apply pressure. When seeking a therapist, one can ask if the therapist is certified by the Certification Board for Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists (CBMTPT).