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Massage Therapy for Back Pain

Many American adults seek medical treatment for back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, it's estimated that eight out of 10 people will experience back pain and that it's one of the most common medical problems. When traditional medicine doesn't relieve the pain, many people turn to alternative treatments such as massage therapy.

The treatment is tailored specifically to each individual's needs, and the therapist is responsible for determining the appropriate touch level and technique to use.

Proven results

Massage is a proven and cost-effective treatment for persistent back pain, according to a 2003 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study was compiled from recent reviews of controlled trials evaluating acupuncture, massage therapy, and spinal adjustments in relieving back pain. The researchers concluded that massage therapy was the most effective treatment method when compared with the other two. The costs associated with massage therapy were considered justified by the substantial improvement in function and the reduced number of health care services during the year.

Understanding massage

The therapist uses his or her hands to perform various movements on the skin to massage muscles and ligaments. This promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being. The main techniques of massage involve stroking, kneading, or pressing on the body.

These techniques can relieve muscle tension, spasms, aches, stiffness, and pain. Other benefits include improved circulation, flexibility, and range of motion.

As the therapist uses his or her hands or specialized tools to massage muscles, circulation is increased. Blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients, and helps muscles eliminate waste products, such as the lactic acid that may collect in muscles from spasms, causing pain.

Therapist questions

Before getting a massage for back pain, ask about the therapist's credentials, training, and experience in treating back problems.


Massage therapy is one of the oldest healing arts. It has become an important part of general health care for many people living in today's stressful world.

Traditional healthcare systems throughout the world recognize that therapeutic massage can play an important role in treating illness or chronic ailments, and contribute to a higher sense of general well-being.

At the Broward Health Wellness Center our goal is to offer a variety of services that are suitable for each individual. Our therapist is trained to understand the mind, body, spirit connection and their part in the facilitation of the healing and balance process. Take time to experience the benefits of massage, which will make a difference in both how you feel about yourself and the world around you.

The Wellness Center offers:

Swedish massage is the most common form of massage that uses techniques on superficial layers of muscles, and sometimes active and passive movements of the joints. It is used to promote general relaxation, improve circulation and range of motion, and relieve muscle tension.

Neuromuscular massage is a form of deep massage that is applied to individual muscles. It is used primarily to release trigger points (intense knots and muscle spasms in the body). It usually focuses on more specific areas.

Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented oils to address specific needs. The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. Aromatherapy massage is suited for stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.

Deep T issue/Sports Massage focuses on deep layers of muscle tissues in an effort to release chronic patterns of tension.  The massage uses many of the same strokes as a classic massage therapy, with the main difference lying in the fact that a deep tissue massage involves slower movements and the application of greater pressure.  

Prenatal Massage is a skillful massage for mothers to be that help relieve aches and discomforts associated with pregnancy.  It focuses on areas that are problematic due to stresses of joints, neck, back, and pelvic areas.  Prenatal massage promotes relaxation and relives fatigue.

Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or have tired, achy feet.

Fee Schedule

Table Massage
Half hour: $40
One hour: $65
One Hour (Employee): $50
Hour and a half: $90

Chair Massage
Individual half hour: $40
On-site per hour: $80

To schedule an appointment please contact the Wellness Center at 954-355-5521 or call our massage therapists directly:

Ryan Cranshaw, LMT • 954-712-7986
Joe Sabino, LMT • 561-289-0220

The Wellness Center reserves the right to charge for appointments canceled or broken without 24 hours advance notice.