If shoveling your way through our historic snow storms left you with an aching back, Massage Envy can help. This national spa chain, which is the leading provider of massage therapy in the U.S., features therapies specifically designed to alleviate back pain. Visit Massage Envy’s Bel Air location for a treatment that increases blood flow, relaxes muscles, releases endorphins and restores flexibility to tense muscles. Massage can reduce the need for painkillers by 36 percent, according to a study from the Annals of Internal Medicine. Massage is most effective for pain relief when it is combined with other treatments. A Massage Envy therapist can recommend such things as correcting posture, adjusting living and working spaces and changing work habits. Exercise should also play a role with massage therapy to achieve maximum relief, but consult with your doctor before starting a new regimen. Sufferers of chronic back pain should develop a plan that includes a massage therapy session every three to four weeks.
“It’s important to listen to your therapist,” says Massage Envy’s C.G. Funk, vice president of industry relations and product development. A good therapist will give you homework that you need to stay on top of to get rid of the back pain.”
At Massage Envy clinics, the front desk personnel will match clientele with therapists skilled in specific areas such as Swedish massage or one customized to back pain relief. With proper therapy and monitored exercise habits, back pain can be alleviated and even eliminated in the long term. At Massage Envy, an introductory one-hour massage session (a 50-minute massage and time for consultation and dressing) is just $49. Memberships are available for $59 per month and include a one-hour massage session. Members may also enjoy unlimited additional one-hour massage sessions at the $49 member rate, with an array of massage styles including deep tissue, therapeutic, trigger point, and cranial sacral massage.