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Can Deep Tissue Massage Help With Chronic Pain Management?

Chronic Pain Management with Deep Tissue Massage

Massage therapy has been shown to be effective at treating several different types of chronic pain conditions including arthritis, fibromyalgia, and even migraine headaches. In this blog post, we’ll look at how massage therapy works for these types of conditions as well as what other benefits it can provide for people living with chronic pain issues.

A lot of people who live with chronic pain are hesitant to seek out massage therapy. They worry that it’s going to be too painful or else that it will make them feel worse (instead of giving them any relief at all). But these fears aren’t always accurate. For example, Massage therapy is reported to be effective at treating both migraine headaches and arthritis pain. That’s because massage can help reduce stress (which may trigger attacks in those living with migraines) as well as promote circulation, joint flexibility and muscle relaxation (all of which can help improve symptoms).

Massage therapy is a way to relax and begin working on specific areas possibly causing discomfort or pain. It’s also been shown to improve overall mood and reduce stress which can worsen chronic pain. Read further to understand more about the benefits of massage for these conditions:

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The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage for Chronic Pain, Arthritis and Fibromyalgia?

Because the benefits of massage are numerous for chronic pain conditions, it has been shown to be beneficial for those suffering from fibromyalgia,, migraines and arthritis. It works by reducing muscle tension, improving circulation, and reducing stress, massage therapy can offer relief from the pain and fatigue associated with these conditions. Additionally, massage therapy can help to improve joint flexibility, reduce inflammation and swelling, and increase range of motion. 


With regular massage therapy, those with fibromyalgia, chronic pain and arthritis can experience reduced muscle tension, increased relaxation, improved circulation, improved sleep, and a reduction in pain and stiffness. 


In addition, massage therapy can help to reduce stress and improve overall mental and physical health. It is important to remember that massage therapy should be used in conjunction with other lifestyle changes that our therapists can recommend to you so that your symptoms don’t come back, or if they do, not as bad. For those suffering from fibromyalgia, chronic pain and arthritis, massage therapy offers a way to reduce pain and improve quality of life and get you back to enjoying activities that bring you the most joy in life. 


Here are some of the specific benefits for fibromyalgia, chronic pain and arthritis sufferers:


Deep Tissue Massage Benefits for Chronic Pain?

Deep Tissue Massage Relieves Chronic Pain with the following Benefits:


• Improved joint flexibility 

• Reduced inflammation 

• Reduced pain 

• Improved range of motion 

• Improved quality of life 

*Breathing Easier, Delivering Oxygen To Cells

 *Recovery from injury


Can Deep Tissue Massage Help with Chronic Neck Pain?

Deep tissue massage can help alleviate chronic neck pain by targeting the knots and tension in the muscles that cause discomfort. By applying pressure to these areas, deep tissue massage can reduce pain and increase flexibility, leading to long-term relief.

How Does Deep Tissue Massage Alleviate Chronic Shoulder Pain?

Deep tissue massage can help by targeting the deep layers of muscles and connective tissue that are often responsible for shoulder pain. By breaking up adhesions and increasing blood flow, deep tissue massage can help relieve pain and improve mobility in the shoulder joint.

Is Deep Tissue Massage Effective for Chronic Lower Back Pain?

By applying pressure and kneading these areas, deep tissue massage can reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, and relieve pain in the lower back.

Can Deep Tissue Massage Relieve Chronic Knee Pain?

By applying pressure to these areas, deep tissue massage can reduce inflammation, increase flexibility, and relieve pain.

How Does Deep Tissue Massage Address Chronic Hip Pain?

Deep tissue massage can help alleviate hip pain by targeting the muscles and connective tissue in the affected area. By applying pressure and kneading these areas, deep tissue massage can reduce tension, increase flexibility, and relieve pain.

Can Deep Tissue Massage Alleviate Chronic Foot Pain?

Deep tissue massage can help alleviate foot pain by targeting the muscles and tendons that support the foot. By applying pressure to these areas, deep tissue massage can reduce inflammation, increase mobility, and relieve pain.

Deep Tissue Massage Benefits for Fibromyalgia?

Deep Tissue Massage Relieves Fibromyalgia with the following Benefits: 

• Reduced muscle tension 

• Improved circulation 

• Increased relaxation 

• Reduced stress 


Deep Tissue Massage Benefits for Arthritis?

Deep Tissue Massage Relieves Symptoms of Arthritis with the following benefits: 

• Reduced joint stiffness 

• Increased joint flexibility 

• Improved circulation 

• Reduced swelling 

• Improved quality of life 


What Causes Back Pain?

Back pain is the most common cause of chronic pain in the world. Every time you bend over to pick up something heavy or bend over to put shoes on, your body remembers the pain and responds in kind. While it may be years since any incident first caused an injury, picking up anything heavy or stressful moments in life can trigger a painful response from your body. 


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Why Good Posture Is Important For Back Pain Prevention

While it is important to have good posture, it’s even more important to think about the way you lift. The most common type of injury to occur at work is back pain, and a large part of that is due to bad lifting technique, or chronically poor posture. Taking a few minutes to review your posture, keeping an eye on your own form can help you avoid injuries or accidents in the workplace by helping you prevent strain on your back, legs, or neck

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Why Is Deep Tissue Massage Important For Pain?

Additionally, massage is an excellent remedy for chronic pain. Firstly, massage relaxes muscles, which helps to reduce tightness and discomfort. Secondly, massage can help increase blood flow to the affected area. This helps to reduce inflammation and improve the circulation of nutrients to the affected area. Furthermore, massage can improve the range of motion, making it easier to perform everyday activities. Lastly, massage releases endorphins, which work to reduce the intensity of pain. Therefore, massage is an effective treatment for chronic pain.


Specialized Treatment of Chronic Pain


At IMMERSE Modern Massage, Our therapists are trained to help you relieve stress and pain by using clinical massage techniques to help you work on your posture and by addressing your pain at it’s source, and helping you with lifestyle recommendations to keep your pain at ease


Book an appointment today to start on your journey of healing your lower back pain!


Author: Mason Palmer

Founder / Massage Therapist

IMMERSE Modern Massage

Mason is a master massage therapist in Portland, Oregon, with over 10,000 hours of hands on work. His expertise in deep tissue anatomy, myofascial release, and trauma-informed somatic therapy. He is also a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and has received Reiki Master level training from three different schools. Mason has explored various healing practices, including Mindfulness Meditation, Personal Training, Yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Ayurveda, and Chinese medicine, for over a decade. He is the author of “Energy Healing, One Truth Many Teachers” and is known for his proven track record for creating plans of care for his clients to overcome pain and discomfort in their body, and to make sure that pain doesn’t come back.

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  • Avatar Tracy A ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Such a lovely experience from beginning to end. The lobby was beautifully decorated with plants, and Mason greeted me with such warmth. The table vibrates with music and is so comfortable and warm. The weighted blankets helped me feel so … More cozy and relaxed. The technique and grounded presence Mason offers is excellent. I especially enjoyed the warm scented towel on my face and neck at the end of the massage. So rejuvenating and relaxing. I felt calm and peaceful. Wholeheartedly recommend!
  • Avatar Olivia Guethling ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Mason is awesome! I just had an amazing massage experience and loved it. He attentively addressed the tension spots in my body and worked through them. The massage table vibrates synced up to the meditative music which was sooo relaxing … More and helped me be super dropped into the moment. The weighted blanket and the warm scented towels were another highlight. Highly recommend. Thank you, Mason!
  • Avatar adria mooney ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Entering the space I immediately felt calm, the lighting and ambiance was perfect for relaxing. The warmth, low light and wooden ceiling made me feel like I was in a sauna. Mason greeted me and made me feel comfortable as we entered the … More massage room. The bed was heated, with weighted blanket and calming music vibrated the entire bed. I melted away as mason massaged my whole body, taking care to leave me mostly covered under the warm blanket the entire time. He also used heated towels and a wonderful essential oil blend. I felt truly relaxed and my whole body vibrated with warmth and comfort. Would definitely come back again!
  • Avatar Jordan Cohen ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Wow! Walking into Immerse Modern Massage, my entire body immediately relaxed right at the front door. The aromatherapy is so intoxicating and soothing, and the ambiance is very nice. Walking into the treatment room was even better. They … More really did such a good job with the place! Not to mention the massage table! Omg, it felt so incredible to be sandwiched in between healing frequencies, warmth, and high vibrations. I can’t wait to go back!!! I was impressed to say the least.
  • Avatar Kelsey Koll ★★★★★ a year ago
    Wow! My massage with Mason was healing on so many levels! He addressed the spots of tension and diligently worked to remind my muscles that it’s okay to relax. He was very attentive to my needs and comfort.
    Immerse is definitely an appropriate
    … More name for this space as you are enveloped in delightfully warm infrared heat (through amethyst crystals!), the soothing sounds of a waterfall, and a sound bath of vibrations coming directly from the table!
    The thoughtful intention put in to making Immerse Modern Massage the healing environment that is it is apparent and very much appreciated!

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