Chronic pain often results in higher stress levels and when your body is subjected to sustained higher stress for a long period, the ‘fight or flight’ response is activated. In other words, your whole body is primed up on adrenalin and ready to react at a moment’s notice.
When this occurs, other parts of your body ‘deactivate’ and are not able to function as they normally would. For example, the digestive system becomes less functional. On the other hand, certain parts of your body become overworked, like the muscles some of them are ‘primed’ so that they can go into full action immediately. This contributes to the stress and tension found in the muscles and this may contribute to stress and pain. Fatigue level increases during prolonged and continuous stress as your runs on adrenalin. It may become harder to get enough sleep, mental health can be challenged and, as mentioned, your digestive system may be severely affected.
These are only a few direct results of prolonged stress levels. At our clinic, our massage therapist offers the residents of Erskineville high-quality remedial massage to help you reduce the level of stress and tension in the body and to help reduce the flight – fright response.
Why can remedial massage be an effective way to treat chronic pain?
Breaking the pain – stress cycle is not always easy. It has been found that remedial massage may provide a way to help break this cycle and to bring some relief to pain. One of the reasons for this is due to the effect massage can have on the hormones cortisol (stress hormone), serotonin, and dopamine. Bringing these hormones back into balance may reduce stress levels as well as pain.
Serotonin helps you in maintaining a positive mood. It also promotes happiness and the feeling of emotional well being. Dopamine, on the other hand, plays a pivotal role in imbibing that ‘feel-good’ factor and helps you experience the feeling of joy. It helps you to feel inspired and maintain focus on the task at hand.
When the level of these two chemicals increases in your body, you are more likely to have a steady mood and be in a positive mindset. As your thoughts may influence pain levels, positive thoughts can help you to reduce stress levels and this, in turn, may help to reduce pain.
Our remedial massage clinic just next to Enmore understands the mind-body connection and therefore may be able to help you with chronic pain. Often clients with ongoing pain will have tight and tense muscles throughout their body. Tight muscles can be painful! As a result, mobility can be reduced and this often coincides with reduced activity as well. Our clinic which is just down the road from Marrickville provides remedial massage to help reduce muscle tension, pain as well as reducing stress and increasing relaxation.
What happens after remedial massage treatment?
When our therapists provide comprehensive remedial massage, blood circulation increases, thereby helping your body to function optimally. Massage can help stimulate lymphatic drainage, which may promote the elimination of toxins from your body.
Elimination of toxins may also help reduce the fatigue that is often associated with chronic pain.
Increased circulation of blood and lymphatic drainage also helps in the reduction of inflammation. When the inflammatory pathways are over-activated, there are many negative health effects including chronic pain. The remedial massage we provide for our Petersham neighbours keeps this well in mind and so may be able to help you manage chronic pain.
Having a professional remedial massage can go a long way towards managing and or reducing pain and stress and contribute to a holistic approach to your health and healing.