As a massage therapist, I often go out to people’s homes to massage them. While in the process of setting up my massage table my patient will usually inform me of the latest aches and pains, and occasionally they will say “Val, why does my back hurt so much?” I use to think I knew. And sometimes I was correct in my assessment.

But I am not as quick to answer these days. Now I tell them “it depends who you ask. If you ask a bone Doctor he will tell you that your joint has wear and tear and that you can surgically correct it or not. Ask a physical therapist they will explain muscle balance of the body and how you should exercise or modify lifestyle to relieve the pain. If you ask a neurologist they will tell you it’s a pinched nerve, ask a nutritionist she may say you need to lose weight and stop eating processes food and sugary drinks.

Ask an exercise instructor and they will explain your abs and low back muscles are weak as well as tell you which exercises are good for strengthening those muscles. If you ask an endocrinologist they may explain growth hormones and how we lose Bone from lack of hormones and exercise. My point is we all speak from how we were trained and what we experience with our patients while we treat them.

I can say that all those opinions are valid. We do experience bone loss from hormone loss and we do have degenerations in our skeleton and probably need to work out more. So the answers are there and it’s up to us to inform ourselves and act accordingly.

Valentina Boonstra

massage therapist, certified nursing assistant, caretaker, personal trainer, lymphodema care giver,

Palm Bay, Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Suntree, Indian Harbor, Sebastian

About Brevard Massage

I have been a personal trainer and massage therapist for many years now. My specialty is getting people moving again. I have learned through the years that preventing injuries is as important as relieving pain after an injury. To that end, I have also learned Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Pilates.