Your spine is made of many bones called vertebrae, and your spinal cord runs through a canal in the center of these bones. Nerve roots split from the cord and travel between the vertebrae into various areas of your body. When these nerve roots become pinched or damaged, the resulting symptoms are called radiculopathy.
Doctors first used the word “rhizotomy” around 1910-1915. It comes from two root words: rhizo- (root) and -tomy (incision). The “roots” that the word refers to are the roots of your spinal nerves. That means when a doctor conducts a rhizotomy, they sever the nerve roots. Cutting the nerve roots removes the pain sensation. When back pain becomes chronic and severe, certain patients benefit from this procedure.
Massage therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that is delivered using the hands instead of a machine or device. Massage can play an important part in pain relief and restoring physical function. This technique to reduce pain is also proven to get you better, faster, as we work individually with patients to meet their needs. This translates to being able to return to work sooner, less out-of-pocket expenses, and avoiding taking any extra medications. Massage therapy is commonly used to:
Alleviate low back pain and improve range of motion
Ease medication dependence
Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
Increase joint flexibility
Lessen depression and anxiety
Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
Relieve migraine pain
Muscle strains and lumbar sprains are the most common causes of low back pain. A low back muscle strain occurs when the muscles of the back are abnormally stretched too far. A lumbar sprain occurs when the ligaments, the tough bands of tissue that hold bones together, are torn from their attachments. Differentiating a strain from a sprain can be difficult, as both injuries will have similar symptoms. Many doctors refer to both injuries as a category called “musculoligamentous injuries” of the lumbar spine. In general, it doesn’t matter what you call the problem because the treatment and prognosis for both back strains and sprains is the same.