Massage Therapy - Will it Help ?
Alright, so you were injured in a car accident. Your're in pain. And you want to get some relief.
Will massage therapy help ?
Truthfully, yes and no.
Yes. Massage therapy helps to release tight muscle and reduce muscle spasm. It provides what you'd call "short-term" relief.
No. Massage therapy does not "heal" an injury. It's not a silver bullet. Nor does it provide long term relief from pain in isolation.
Shawn Connor's article in the June 20, 2013, edition of the Vancouver Sun provides some interesting food for thought concerning the role of massage as relates to rehabilitation from injury.
In particular, Connor's article touches on both the YING and the YANG of massage therapy.
The first part of Connor's article provides the YING. Here Connor tells the story of Norris Morgan who was hiking in the summer of 2009 when he started to experience a shooting pain down his leg. Long story short, Norris had to undergo a laminectomy ( disc surgery involving the lower back/lumbar spine). Norris told the Sun that massage therapy made a big contribution towards his rehabiliation following surgery.
The second part of Connor's piece gives us the YANG. This section of the article involves an interview with Dr. Paul Bishop who is described by Connor as a chiropractor, MD and PhD.
Dr. Bishop says:
" There are no reliable large-case studies that demonstrate that massage therapy has any proven value, in a clinical setting other than to provide short-term relief.... There's weak scientific evidence that it has value."
Let me ask you this.
If you're injured in a car accident and in pain, does pain relief have any value to you?
Is the ability to go about your day to day life without excruciating pain something you might describe as valuable ?
Interesting, huh !
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