As a massage therapist, I encounter many people daily, who are in chronic or acute pain and want instant relief from a massage. There are many benefits from getting a massage, such as; it may help anxiety, hypertension, immune system, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) these are just a few benefits which come to mind. However, if you have chronic or long term pain, you will benefit from a massage and it will give you temporary relief, but may not resolve the whole condition. Possibly having a series of massages over a course of a few months may relieve an acute pain. Nonetheless, if you have a chronic pain, it may be beneficial to incorporate massage therapy and other modalities to your daily life. Such as; maintain good nutrition, exercise, stretch, lift weights, rest, bathe, massage and nourish your skin.
Our everyday life tends to be stressful, with work, children and home responsibilities. It is important to take time out for ourselves and rejuvenate our body, mind and spirit. Sometimes we ignore what our body is trying to tell us. We may have a leg, arm, back, headache or hand pain which our body is 'shouting out' at us, but we simply ignore the pain until it becomes overbearing, and need medication to relieve the pain.
No one knows your body better than you.