The muscle spasm should relax in response to the pressure applied by the massage therapist. If the muscle does not relax in response to the pressure, there is usually inflammation present. Massage is not the best treatment option for inflamed muscles, and patients should consult their doctor for treatment for the inflammation.
Most muscle spasms require four massage treatments, usually over the course of six weeks, to achieve the best effect. If muscle spasms do not begin to respond to neuromuscular therapy within two massages, neuromuscular massage therapy may not be the best treatment option.
If you have severe lower back pain, it is advisable to be checked by medical personnel before beginning massage therapy.
Combining Massage Therapy with Other Treatments
Massage therapy will produce the best results when combined with medical treatments such as physical therapy, chiropractic, or physician care. Many massage therapy professionals will work as part of an interdisciplinary health care team in overall patient evaluation and treatment.
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Additional Massage Therapy Resources
For more information on massage therapy, or to locate a massage therapist in your area, check the American Massage Therapy Association website, http://www.amtamassage.org. You may also want to ask your physician for a referral to a massage therapy professional in your area.