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Massage Can Help Treat Lower Back Pain


Apr 06, 2017


Lower back pain is the leading cause of job disability in the world. About one in ten people have it, and for many who develop back pain, the condition becomes chronic.


Now, a new study finds that massage may provide lasting relief for chronic lower back pain, according to research published in the journal Pain Medicine.

To see how people in the real world respond to massage, researchers looked at 104 people with persistent back pain who were referred by their doctors to licensed massage therapists. They went to 10 sessions over 12 weeks, and the practitioners were free to design massage programs that were individual to the patients, rather than all using the same technique.

At the end of the study, most people completed a questionnaire, and more than 50% reported clinically meaningful improvement in their back pain. Several people improved so much that their scores on a standard screening test dropped below the threshold for disability, says lead author Niki Munk, an assistant professor of heath sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. (Munk, who is also a licensed massage therapist, conducted the research while at the University of Kentucky.)

Many of those improvements lasted. Three months later, with no further massage sessions, 75% of the people who reported initial improvement said they still felt better. “They’d reverted back a little bit, but they were still significantly more improved than they were at the start of the study,” says Munk.

More research is needed to figure out exactly how massage works to reduce pain, but some research suggests that massage directly reduces inflammation in muscles.

Munk points out that the study included a diverse group of patients; some were obese, some had other health conditions that contributed to their back pain and others were taking opioid pain medications. “They reflect real-life,” Munk says. When a patient comes in with chronic lower back pain, it's rare that they don't have more, she says.

The researchers saw improvement across the board, but they did notice a few trends based on demographics. Adults ages 49 and older were more likely to meaningfully improve than younger patients. While people with obesity tended to improve, those gains didn't last over time. And people taking opioids were two times less likely to experience meaningful changes, compared to those not taking them.

Studies like this have the potential to influence how doctors practice, says William Elder, the study’s other lead author and director of behavioral health at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine.

“Guidelines already say to use massage therapy for chronic pain, but it is not used much,” Elder told TIME in an email. Clinical trials have shown that treatments work in ideal, controlled situations, but doctors often want real-world evidence as well, he says. “They want to know if it 'translates,’ meaning that the intervention will help their patients who may be receiving medications already or often have other conditions besides the back pain."

This study provides more evidence that doctors may suggest massage to their patients as a potential treatment. “Providers may not even need to specify a certain type of massage,” says Elder. “That could be left up to an experienced therapist.” Techniques practiced in the study varied widely and included Swedish massage, active isolated stretching, myofascial techniques, lymphatic drainage, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, Reiki, acupressure and positional release.

However, the researchers note, massage is rarely covered by health insurance. While study participants received their sessions free of charge, people who can afford it will need to weigh the costs with potential benefits.

That’s why more studies are needed, says Munk: to help people decide whether massage is really worth the out-of-pocket cost. Future research should investigate whether massage can help people avoid back surgeries, she says, and how many sessions are really needed to provide lasting improvement.


Foot Massage Benefits

Being healthy is most people’s top priority. There are many types of health methods and the massage is a traditional Chinese medicine-based physical therapy. It also happens to be many people's favorite method. 

Foot Massage


Traditional Chinese massage focuses mostly on the soles of the feet. The pressure of life is big enough, so to feel more at peace, you can do some foot massage to help relieve both physical and mental pressures. 

The body is unhealthy, mostly because of the lack of movement. In Ancient China, people would work in the field all day barefoot. The soles of the feet would directly touch the ground, which promoted circulation. It can be argued that the people who lived in ancient times had a healthier body than people in the modern day.  So what is the effect of foot massage regarding health? According to years of clinical research, the Chinese foot massage has the following functions:

 1. To promote the smooth flow of blood.

2. To remove obstacles from the body's energy recycling pipeline.

3. To promote the normal function of organs and ts coordination between different systems.

4. To improve the balance of the endocrine system.

5. To excrete toxins from the body and to maintain health.

6. To strengthen the metabolic function and to maintain youthful vitality.

7.  To stimulate the cells to produce vitality and prevent aging.

8. To restore degraded organs to prevent illness.

Foot massages five major benefits:

1. Promote blood circulation. In general, the body temperature and blood circulation are closely related. Low temperature usually means low blood circulation, and increased body temperature also means increased blood circulation. Foot therapy can improve foot blood circulation, increase skin temperature, thereby promoting the blood circulation all over the body. It can also improve the heart function, reducing the heart load. On average, a healthy person who gets a foot massage for 30 minutes, their blood flow increased. It increased 10-13 times for females, and 13-18 times for males. 

 2. Promote metabolism. Foot massage promote blood circulation, thereby regulating the secretion of endocrine glands of various hormones. For example, thyroid secretion of thyroid hormone, adrenal gland secretion of adrenal hormones, etc., these hormones can promote metabolism.

3. Eliminate fatigue. When the human body experiences fatigue, first appeared in the foot of poor blood circulation, metabolic end products, calcium salts, lactic acid microcrystalline and other material deposition. When the body of an organ function is not normal or sick, due to the impact of pathological reflex, so that the foot of the blood circulation is more bad, more prone to sediment. Athletes in the day after vigorous exercise, the average amount of blood per kilogram of 30 mg of lactic acid, massage feet 30 minutes later, the blood test, about 5 mg down, after a foot bath time, the blood lactic acid reduced by about 20 mg, recovery To almost no sense of fatigue when the blood lactic acid level. It can be seen that hot water foot therapy is the easiest and most effective way to eliminate physical fatigue.

 4. Improve sleep. Feet have rich nerve endings and capillaries that have a mild and good stimulating effect. This warm stimulus is reflected in the cerebral cortex, which plays a role in inhibition of the sympathetic nerve. Parasympathetic excitement, when people are in a quiet state of rest,  improves sleep and eliminates insomnia.

 5. Maintain a healthy brain. Through the foot, you can adjust the meridians and blood. At the same time, foot vascular dilatation, increases blood volume, so that the head speeds up blood flow, and supplements the brain with oxygen and nutrients.

 More benefits of foot massage:

1. Foot massage can prevent cervical disease

Cervical syndrome, is a skeletal degenerative pathological change. Medical experts have found that by massaging the cervical spine in the reflex zone of the foot, it can produce exciting results. The intensity of the initial light, gradually increased to a little pain is appropriate. Massage time can be self-induced, preferably every day for 10 to 30 minutes.

2. Foot massage can prevent pregnant women from vomiting

 Some pregnant women experience persistent vomiting, and as a result cannot eat, feel weak,  etc.  They must have timely treatment, so as not to affect the mother and her baby’s development. Foot massage therapy can help reduce these symptoms by having her feel relaxed.

3. Foot massage can make you beautiful

Foot massage can maximize the discharge of your body toxins, which can help with your appearance. By getting a foot massage for a few weeks, you will be surprised to find your face clear and smooth. Foot massages can also eliminate acne.

Massage is China's oldest medical method. Massage helps people in the long-term regarding various ailments.  The effects massage have on our health care significant and result quickly. 

Come and get a relaxing massage at Motif Spa. Enjoy all the benefits and have a wonderful day! We are located at 4980 Cherry ave. San Jose, CA 95118.

For more information please call us at 408-267-8860


How to prepare your Motif massage

Getting a massage at Motif Spa is a relaxing and wonderful experience. A good massage can not only help reduce stress level, but also help you detox. Knowing how to prepare for  a massage at Motif Spa will make your massage experience easy and smooth. 

Before Massage

Motif Spa welcomes both walk-ins and reservations. However, as Motif becomes more people's favorite, getting a massage at certain time could be challenging. You can simply give us a call and make your reservation. We will be very glad to save the spot for you.

Having a general idea of your massage goals will be helpful. Those goals could be getting the knots out of your back, general musical relaxing, relief back pain or as simple as wanting to find some quiet place to reflect. Having a general thought will help us customize your massage when you come in the spa.

Always remember to wear loose clothing. Soft shorts are recommended for both men and women. Wearing shorts can make stretching your legs easier and you will feel relieved when our masseuses stretch your legs to your limit. For men, we will ask if you want to remove your shirt during the massage. If so, wear something that can easily be removed such as a T-shirt or tank-top. For ladies, we will ask you if our masseuses can lift up your shirt and unhook your bra to do your back with lotion. If you would like to use lotion, we will recommend that you wear a sports bra.

Be on time. Arriving 5 to 10 minutes before your appointment can help you settle down. Study shows that you will have a hard time to relax if you arrive in a stressful rush.

The last and most important thing is to prepare your mood. Try to avoid any negative thoughts, leave your emotions behind, and carry your positive and peaceful mind.

 During the massage

Before our masseuses take you in, our welcoming receptionist will assist you with filling out a body chart where you can chose you massage pressure, if you want to move your shirt, and spots you want to focus and avoid.

Depending on the kind of massage you choose, our masseuses will follow their routine as well as your customized body chart to do your massage. Take a deep breath and relax yourself as much as possible. Our masseuses will use a big towel to cover your body, as well as use a small towel to cover your eyes. While listening to meditation music, it’s time to go into sleep mood and enjoy your massage.

Motif Spa provides several types of massage services. The most popular one is the 30 minute foot massage, plus 30 minute body massage for 30 dollars. This affordable massage will provide you with even distribution on both your feet and body. If your work requires you to stand or walk all the time such as nurse, cashier, banker, we recommend this massage. If you are pregnant, you definitely want to get your feet massaged to reduce the pressure on your ankle.  

Along with this foot and body combo, 60 minutes full body deep tissue massage is also our customer’s favorite.  This massage spends the entire 60 minutes on your neck, shoulders, upper back, lower back, arms, and legs. If you have lower back pain, sore spots, tight shoulders, or you did not have a deep tissue massage for a long time, 60 minutes full body deep tissue is definitely your choice.

 After Massage

After getting your massage done, do not move and rush to get up. Getting up too fast may lead to dizziness. Taking your time and moving slowly will extend your enjoyable time.

At Motif Spa, we always ask our customers if they want a cup of water or hot tea after massage. Our massage oil has a “detox” effect, however, this can dehydrate you. Drinking a cup of water or tea is always a good idea to help you keep hydrated.

If you feel some soreness right after the massage or next day, do not be panic, it is perfectly normal. The soreness is caused by lactic acid resolving and flooding into your system. The cure for this is to drink a lot of water to flush it out of you body.

Last, if you are satisfied with our service, please leave some tips for our masseuses since tips are a big part of their income. Also, don't forget to give us a nice review on social media, such as Yelp and facebook, to help more people discover our spa.