Do you suffer with a bad back? You're not alone. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that 70-90% of people will suffer from lower back pain during their life.
Back pain has many causes and a few remedies. For some, surgery is the only cure. The rest of us may rely on painkillers and anti-inflammatory cream. But there is a more natural way, and that's remedial massage in Brisbane.
Many people suffer back pain because of their job. From builders lifting heavy equipment, to nurses moving patients, the potential for damage is high.
Even sitting in an office can be dangerous! Prolonged sitting, especially at a computer, is a major source of back problems.
And as any mum will tell you, carrying a toddler around all day will also have consequences.
Back pain has other causes too, of course, including poor physical fitness, age, smoking, pregnancy and genetics.
By having regular remedial massage you can go a long way to fixing your back problem. Remedial massage works on your muscle groups to relieve tightness and knots.
Without constant use and stretching, muscles tend to contract and tighten, and that's what causes us to feel discomfort.
Remedial massage also improves blood flow to your muscles, which means more oxygen and nutrients for those hard-working body parts.
It's important to recognise, though, that the problem may not just be physical. Our backs, necks and shoulders are where we like to store our stress. And stress can also tighten up those muscles, and give us headaches.
Remedial massage can help manage that stress, by encouraging the release of endorphins, the body's 'feel good' chemical. It also controls the production of the stress hormone, cortisol.
By making a remedial massage part of your routine - weekly, fortnightly, or even monthly - you'll be well on the way to a healthier you.