You can get rid of back pain and neck pain with Complementary Alternative Medicine (also known as CAM.) 🙂 It’s called ‘complementary’ because it can be used along with conventional medical treatment.
There are a lot of reasons why CAM helps and research backs it up.
Here’s an interesting study from the National Institutes of Health (the government) about the benefits of massage, chiropractic and acupuncture (3 types of CAM) for neck and back pain.
An article I just read indicates that people would have even more neck and back pain relief benefit from therapeutic massage if they had it 2 or 3 times a week rather than just once a week while they are recovering. That makes total sense because when you have more frequent massage it helps your muscles remember how they are supposed to be.
The article continued by saying that the people who have the more frequent massage tend to get better faster. That’s because they don’t keep going back to the first stage; rather, each treatment builds on the previous massage.
Additionally, there are many different types of massage. Something “light and fluffy” may not help at all. And a type of massage that targets the muscles that are causing your pain may be a terrific help.
Since all massage techniques and all massage therapists are different, your results may differ from the back pain and neck pain relief shown in a research study.
But in my opinion, massage is the best medicine in the world. Go for it!