Tissue Sensitivity and Back Pain
The relationship between tissue sensitivity and back pain can be complicated, because each symptom can affect the other in a negative cycle. A common reaction to the onset of back pain and the continuance of chronic back pain is to avoid moving, being touched, or doing things that you once enjoyed because activity in general seems to increase your pain. When you first become hurt, from any kind of injury, your natural instinct will often be to rest, or to reduce your activities in order to "not make the problem worse. " While it may be ok to take it easy and not overdo it when you first begin to feel the symptoms of back pain, eventually you will have to resume your normal routine in order to feel like yourself again and in order to keep your body healthy. Following the onset of back pain symptoms, if you continue to avoid activity over a long period of time, your nervous system will become more and more sensitive, and this will make it easier to set off your pain.
Your nervous system includes nerves for touch, motor movements, pain, and comfort that innervate the tissues around and away from your spinal cord. If you avoid many of the activities you once enjoyed for a prolonged period of time, your nervous system will have no opportunity to use its normal comfort circuits. Your pain circuits will continue to first off signals to your brain regardless, with no competition from other signals, such as the comfort ones, unless you find a way back to doing the activates that you once enjoyed to activate the comfort circuits. Avoiding the activities you once enjoyed only increases your pain!
You can begin to allow your electrical system to fire its comfort circuits by gradually introducing activities and sensations that make you feel good, are fun, and bring you comfort. There are many types of activates and techniques and gentle exercises out there to learn and try that should bring you some incremental relief day by day until you return to a healthy level of functioning and comfort level. Activities such as slow, relaxed, rhythmic movement, and sensations such as massage, vibration, heat, cold, and electrical stimulation (at levels you are comfortable with) can all boost the activity of your comfort circuits. If you stay committed to a routine you should be able to reprogram your electrical system so that you can tolerate more and more sensation. As your comfort level improves, you should be able to resume more activities and physical exercise, eventually increasing your activity level.
Massage for Back Pain
Massage is one way to not only bring about a comfortable stimulation to the soft tissues of your back and limbs, but is can also serve to increase blood flow to the areas, increase lymphatic circulation, and loosen up muscles that have been strained. Massage therapy has also been known to alleviate low back pain and increase a person's range of motion, and increase circulation to certain soft tissues, so that fatigued muscles receive oxygen and nutrients.