How Massage Therapy Helps with Pain

"Is massage good for _____ pain?"

Fill in the blank with "shoulder, knee, elbow, wrist, arthritis, fibromyalgia," or pretty much anything else, and the answer remains the same: Probably, yes!

How can I make such a bold statement?

Because the effectiveness of massage isn't based on my ability to tune you up like a mechanic. I can help your back pain without knowing which individual spinal muscle is in spasm. I can help with post-surgical pain without breaking up the scar tissue involved.

The active ingredients of massage, the ones that would be listed on the label if you could bottle it, are "informed contact" and "time." Countless studies have found that, no matter the kind of massage being delivered, and no matter for what condition, pain is reduced by regular sessions over the course of several months. Several studies have shown that Swedish massage can be useful for knee and hip osteoarthritis, despite no interaction with the joint tissue itself!


Well, one way that massage works is by reducing the sensitivity of your pain receptors. Think of it as lowering the volume on loud music. If you've got those two active ingredients—informed contact and time—a massage regimen will probably work for your pain, decreasing your sensitivity over time.

Interested in giving massage a shot? Your first session includes a half our consultation during which I’ll ask you to tell me your story so we can create a pain management massage plan that works for your body … and, through my sliding scale fee schedule, your pocketbook!

I look forward to seeing you!

Marta RoseComment