Is it just me or is there an abundance of commercials for muscle and joint pain medications these days? Every time I turn on the T.V. there is a fancy diagram of a back with a red area representing the pain. There are definitely many medications of this type on the drug store shelves for us to choose from, but do you ever wonder why you are reaching for them??? You are in some kind of pain, yes, but what is the underlying cause of this pain? Your body is trying to tell you something!
Taking pain medications can be a quick fix to get through a day or event, however, eventually you want to know what is causing the discomfort. You could be pushing a muscle or joint beyond its range of motion, overloading a muscle or compensating for a weak muscle. The reasons are endless really, but these are pretty common ones.
A massage therapist can work with you to try and narrow down what is causing the pain, help to eliminate it and prevent it from coming back. Where you feel your pain is not always the source of pain, go figure! Massage therapists are knowledgeable on many pain referral patterns and where to look for the many causes or pain and altered sensation. The therapist can help you stretch, strengthen and develop new habits to help manage your pain.
So, instead of taking a pill and pushing through pain, learn why it is there and where it is coming from!! Who knows? You might learn another thing or two about your body by booking a massage appointment! Give it a try and stay healthy this year.
You can find out more information at www.forcesofnature.ca or call (416) 481-0222 to book an appointment. We hope to see you soon!