Posted on 14/10/2019
We all experience pain at different times in our life. Whether it’s from a splinter, broken leg or having a baby, pain varies from person to person, with our tolerance levels varying.
Pain can be acute or chronic. Acute pain comes and goes relatively quickly, although can last up to 6 months. This type of pain can be sharp and severe. Chronic pain lasts so much longer, possibly even a lifetime. Sometimes we know what causes pain, for instance, as a result of surgery or a traumatic event. Other people suffer chronic pain and don’t know why it exists, perhaps in the case of pain conditions like fibromyalgia.
At Cheltenham Reflexology and Massage we see many people who are suffering from pain, in different forms. The most common pain we come across results from bad posture, sitting for long periods and as a result of stress.
Tight and tired muscles can make us feel the following:
We also know that chronic pain can lead to mental fatigue and anguish. In fact, a study in 2004* concluded that people who experience chronic pain are much more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.
We know that exercise can be so helpful to help banish some of these symptoms. It’s not always easy to exercise though when we are tired and are muscles are fatigues. Muscle fatigue can also result in shortness of breath, making exercise feel like a real challenge. Alternatives to typical exercise are yoga or massage. Both of these aid the stretching of muscles, the intake of greater levels of oxygen and the expulsion of waste products.
Until you have received a good, clinical-style massage, you may find it difficult to understand how massage can really help you to reduce your pain or discomfort. Staff at Cheltenham Reflexology and Massage make each treatment bespoke to you. We understand that the one routine suits all people might be good for general relaxation but won’t tick the boxes in terms of helping you to feel better.
We offer several different types of massage, in Cheltenham, to suit your preferences and needs:
If you would like to see if massage can be helpful to you, chat with us by calling Cheltenham Reflexology and Massage on 01242 255440.
*Gatchel, R. J. Comorbidity of chronic pain and mental health disorders: The biopsychosocial perspective. American Psychologist, 59 (8), 795-805.