If you’re looking for maximum relief from back pain, you may want to try massaging your back. Massaging your back can help to loosen up tight muscles, increase blood flow, and reduce inflammation.
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Assuming you don’t have any serious back pain or injuries, there are a few things you can do to massage your back for maximum relief. Of course, you can always visit a professional massage therapist for the best results, but if you’re looking to save some money or you simply prefer to do things yourself, read on for some tips.
What You’ll Need
-An unclothed back
-A quiet room where you will not be disturbed
-Soothing music (optional)
-A bottle of massage oil (optional)
There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re massaging your back:
– Use your fingertips to help you find knots and tight spots.
– Don’t press too hard – you should feel a pleasant sensation, not pain.
– Use circular, clockwise motions.
– Use longer strokes on the muscles either side of the spine, and shorter, firmer strokes on knots and tight spots.
– If you find a particularly sensitive spot, hold the pressure for 10-30 seconds before moving on.
With these tips in mind, let’s take a look at the technique itself.
There are many different ways to massage your back, and each person may have their own favorite technique. However, there are a few basic variations that can provide maximum relief.
-The first variation is to use your fists. Make sure your fists are relaxed and start by rubbing them up and down your back. You can also use circular motions if you prefer.
-The second variation is to use your elbows. Again, start by rubbing them up and down your back, or use circular motions. You may need to apply more pressure with your elbows than with your fists.
-The third variation is to use your palms. Start by rubbing them flat against your back in a circular motion. You can also try smaller, more defined circles.
Experiment with different techniques and pressures to find what feels best for you.
When to Seek Help
If you have back pain, you may be wondering when to seek help. If you have any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor right away:
-Severe pain that doesn’t go away with over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers
-A recent injury or fall
-Pain that gets worse at night or when you lie down
-Sudden onset of symptoms
-Numbness, tingling, or weakness in your legs or arms
-Loss of bowel or bladder control
-(In children) Fever along with back pain