4 massage myths
Many people have not quite correct ideas about massage – 4 basic myths.
Myth 1. If the back is straight, then the spine is healthy.
Good posture is really important for health. However, this does not mean that the back should be perfectly flat. In order for the back to cushion when walking, a person needs natural bends of the spine. Unfortunately, many people from birth have a smoothness of these bends, that is, their backs are too straight. Outwardly, it looks beautiful, but in fact – not very good.Myth 2. Problems with the back can be solved by a chiropractor.
Many people think that if your back hurts, it’s enough to find a good manual therapist who will “put” the vertebrae in place. I immediately warn you: do not let any chiropractors or bone crushers even close to yourself. Vertebral vertebrae by rigid methods is permissible only when the injury is fresh – the vertebrae were displaced 2-3 days ago. And even in this case, you must first develop and warm up the problem area. “On a cold body” no sharp manipulations can be carried out.
Chiropractors are very fond of “clicking” the vertebrae, especially in the thoracic and cervical regions. After these procedures, they tell the patient: “I set everything right.” But only over time, these “adjustments” have to be done more and more often, because the vertebrae become loose due to incorrect handling.
I had a patient who almost died because of this “treatment”. For two years, the chiropractor regularly “adjusted” the thoracic region. As a result, the vertebrae became so loose that when he once drove a car and climbed into the back seat behind a man purse, one vertebra popped out seriously. It’s also fortunate that a man managed to slow down, because literally at the same moment his legs completely refused. He sat in the car for ten minutes, and only then did the sensitivity and ability to move begin to gradually return. If he had not had time to press the brake, then most likely he would have died …
In general, you should not work directly with the spine. The pathological processes that occur with intervertebral discs and cartilage are almost irreversible. However, the muscles and ligaments, which are shock absorbers, stabilizers and participants in the movement, have the ability to recover. That is why when treating diseases of the musculoskeletal system, doctors primarily work with muscles, ligaments and tendons, and not with bones at all.
Myth 3. So that the back does not hurt, you need to strengthen the muscle corset.
For a person with an initially healthy spine, strengthening a muscle corset is a good prevention. But what happens if a person already has problems (the height of the intervertebral discs is noticeably reduced, there is pain and muscle spasm), and he begins to “strengthen the muscle corset”, suffers, but trains? While the lesson lasts, the muscles work and gradually come into tone, but the problem remains unresolved – the rest 22 hours a day, the body still works for a spasm. In addition, quite often it happens that, abruptly starting to engage in physical therapy, a person chooses unusual loads for himself and immediately receives additional trauma.
But a competent specialist will never immediately send a patient to strengthen a muscle corset. First of all, it is necessary to make an accurate diagnosis and choose the appropriate treatment. As for physical activity, here the doctor has three main tasks: to prepare a patient for it (to remove muscle spasm, reduce pressure on the spinal nerves, develop ligaments and tendons in the problem area), select the optimal exercises and teach them how to perform them correctly.
Myth 4. Any massage is good for the back.
Watching what kind of massage. For example, now in many shopping centers they put automatic massage chairs and offer a ten-minute massage for money. I warn you: this is very dangerous! In my practice there were patients who were seriously affected by this kind of “massage”. If we talk about real therapeutic massage, then it should be aimed at relaxing and releasing the muscles so that they can stretch and contract normally. At the same time, work must be done with the surrounding ligaments and tendons in order to improve their elasticity.
I want to say separately about traction – traction, it is often used today in the treatment of diseases of the spine. The purpose of the traction: soft unloading of the spinal nerves and discs. With the cervical spine you need to work only with your hands, because this is a very delicate area. Of course, this requires a lot of skill. No wonder the training of specialists lasts several months – the person who works with such an apparatus must not only learn how to work with the system, but also be able to feel the patient. This is especially important when it comes to such a serious disease of the spine as an intervertebral hernia.