Ahhhh.... massage.... one of the great "perks" of chronic pain is the need for regular massage. (You didn't know that? It's a rule! If you don't get regular massages, you may explode!) Actually, massage has been shown to help with chronic pain, and it keeps the rest of your body in better condition.
I have been very fortunate to have a masseuse who has worked with me, even before the pain began. Prior to the pain, I got a massage 2-3 times a year, just for the fun of it. But, once the pain hit, I found that massage helped me relax, and helped stretch out the tight parts of my body.
Kim (my excllent masseuse) understands how my body has changed, and she is working with the new "pain-free" parts to help them heal. These days, she comes to my home, and I can just roll over to the couch when she's finished. I am so grateful for her work, her encouragement, her sense of humor! (If you need a masseuse in Greensboro, just let me know and I'll send you her info!)
P.S. I actually had a massage TODAY!
Massage makes life better, whether I am experiencing pain, or stress, or just regular life!