The practice of using touch as a healing method derives from customs and techniques rooted in ancient history. Eastern and Western Civilizations found that massages could heal injuries, relieve pain, reduce stress, prevent, and cure illnesses. Massages can even promote the release of the built-up toxins in your body causing numerous health problems.
The body responds to pressure in both a mechanical and reflexive response. A mechanical response occurs as a result of pressure, force or range of motion when the tissues of the body are pulled, lifted, rubbed, compressed and manipulated. To create a reflexive response in the body, massage therapy stimulates nerves and activates a reflex arc.
Build muscle strength and flexibility: Abdominal and back muscle exercises, which strengthen your core, help condition these muscles so that they work together like a natural corset for your back. Flexibility in your hips and upper legs aligns your pelvic bones to improve how your back feels. Your doctor or physical therapist can tell you which exercises are right for you.