Massage was once considered a luxury—something you’d enjoy at a spa or health club. However, the benefit of a massage is now considered a more mainstream therapy and is often recommended by doctors and other medical professionals. The Mayo Clinic staff recognizes massage as part of an overall wellness program. You may choose to have a full body or isolated area massage. One of the most common and beneficial parts of the body for massage is the back, since the nerves run through the spine.
Relieve Lower Back Pain
A good back massage can help relieve lower back pain. After a strenuous workout or sitting at a desk all day, your back muscles are likely to be tense from overuse or repetitive use. When a massage therapist works those muscles, some of the tension is released.
Relieves Tension from Upper Back
Repetitive motion or immobility may cause neck and shoulder pain. An upper back massage may help relieve the tension in that area and reduce the pain from migraines.