Admit it – the first thing that comes to mind when we mention the word massage is indulgence. And yes, it feels absolutely wonderful to have a highly trained professional find all of those little knots and tight spots, and work them out into the smooth muscles they once were. But new guidelines from the American College of Physicians indicate that massage should be a front-line treatment for chronic lower back pain, well above prescription medications in the list of treatments.

Most body aches and pains fall into the category of acute pain, meaning that they are temporary and will go away once your body has eliminated the inflammation that’s causing them. It may take a few days or even a few weeks, but eventually your body will return to normal and the pain will disappear. This makes them perfect candidates for non-drug therapies, like massage, yoga and heat wraps that will relax the muscles, joints and tendons involved in the episode and bring relief without medication.

On the other hand, some pain is diagnosed as chronic, and all too often even this pain doesn’t respond well to drug therapies either. Continuing with drug therapies in these cases may cause other ailments resulting from the drugs themselves, conditions such as gastritis and stomach upset as well as increased blood pressure. In a small percentage of cases, physicians’ only options may indeed be some sort of medication, but the report encourages providers to explore non-drug options, or the pairing of prescriptions with complementary therapies such as massage, to manage chronic pain.

Here at the Golla Center For Plastic Surgery & Spa, we offer a range of massage therapies with our licensed massage therapist. From deep tissue and sports massage to reflexology for hands and feet, you’ll get a break from aching muscles, improved circulation as well as headache and fibromyalgia relief and improvement in your sleep cycles. You’ll not only feel better, but you’ll also look better as your body relaxes and rebalances itself.

Our team is ready to help you look and feel your best with a full range of cosmetic and body care services. And with nine locations in Pennsylvania and West Virginia – three of them in the Pittsburgh area alone – you’re never far away. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and state-of-the-art technology are ready to help you meet all of your beauty goals. Give us a call today on 412-963-6677 to schedule your consultation, or send us an email at