Mercy Pain Management Specialist Dr. David Maine Discusses Massage As Treatment For Pain Relief
Pain management specialist Dr. David Maine
While many enjoy a massage as a way to relax, others use it as an effective way to relieve pain.
Cara Frye suffered from migraines for 10 years due to painful nerve problems and spasms in her right shoulder that traveled up into her neck and head.
"The pain was so bad sometimes that I was in bed for a day or two at a time. I was forced to take pain medicine, which limited my productivity," she said.
Frye recently had two shoulder surgeries, and her doctor then suggested massage therapy to relieve her pain.
"Pain is a common complaint from patients, even though the causes can be different," said Medi-Spa massage therapist Salifou Bishop at Mercy Medical Center.
According to Dr. David Maine, Director, The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy, for patients like Frye, massage can bring good results.
"You don't necessarily need to turn to medications. You don't necessarily need to turn to other procedures. In her case, it was clear some of the least techniques that can happen with massage would serve her well and get her over the hump," Dr. Maine said.
"Once you're able to treat those affected muscles, if that technique is proven to be successful, often your body will become accustomed to a more relaxed state. If you will, it will almost rebalance things," he added.
After three massage therapy sessions, Frye said she felt a big improvement, but the biggest surprise was that she had no headaches.
Dr. Maine noted that massage therapy is not for everyone and can be risky for those with certain medical conditions. Be sure to check with your doctor before you start treatment.
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