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Chronic pain

Chronic pain refers to a type of pain that has not subsided and has lasted for an extended period of time for instance months or even years. Acute pain acts as a protective mechanism to let the body know that injury may have occurred whereas chronic pain is the activation of a certain part of the pain pathway lasting for an extended amount of time. There may be different reasons why someone might experience chronic pain such as a constant activation of the pain pathway which leads to a poorly localised dull aching pain. Damage to the nervous system may cause chronic neuropathic pain with a feeling of pins and needles, electrical stabbing pain.

Massage therapy for chronic pain can naturally increase the quality of life. Through a release of serotonin which acts as the body's natural pain killer, a sense of pain relief can be reached. Chronic pain is also closely related to feelings of fatigue, anger, depression, stress and anxiety which all may increase the generalised feeling of the pain.

The symptoms of chronic pain include?
  • Constant mild pain
  • Constant discomfort
  • Aching, burning type pain
  • Fatigue
  • Effects sleeping pattern
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Unable to perform functional tasks

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Can massage help?

At Liverpool physio the specialists have a great deal of experience in pain management. The use of massage therapy can be incorporated into a programme or used as a sole treatment. Two chronic pain syndromes fibromyalgia and arthritis are seen to be positively affected by massage therapy as medical studies show that there is a great reduction in pain and an improvement in range of movement and function.

Therapeutic massage can have a positive effect on those that are suffering from chronic pain as the massage provides a long lasting relief and promotes relaxation and stimulation which helps to alleviate pain. Although chronic pain is not fully understood, massage is thought to stimulate the pain gait pathway and to help decrease the feeling of pain.

What are the benefits to massage?

Massage for the management of chronic pain is seen to have many benefits as it's deemed as a non-pharmacological therapy that does aid in relieving chronic pain. The specialists at Liverpool Physio use a holistic approach rather than a direct approach to provide a therapeutic effect to their clients. A holistic approach is used in order to target the outer structures and then the deeper structures as chronic pain is hard to pin point.

Benefits of massage for chronic pain:-
  • Increase of the patient body awareness
  • Stimulation of human touch
  • Utilises a holistic approach
  • Not focused on site of the actual pain
  • Increase in comfort levels
  • Evidence based research
  • Improvement in quality of life
  • Deeper sleep
  • Increase relaxation
  • Decreases pain
  • Increase range of movement
  • Increases flexibility

How massage works for chronic pain

Chronic pain may be alleviated through the simple but effective use of human touch. The physiology behind this can be quite complex but the specialists at Liverpool Physio understand what fibres need to be stimulated, through many years of experience and gaining significant amount of success in the process. Chronic pain is transmitted through a slow electrical current running to the brain, the process of touch is able to stimulate the fibres which the pain is transported on. With a combination of different techniques, the specialists are able to stimulate the chronic pain pathway so that pain can be relieved. Through this process a release of natural pain killers called endorphins can be released.


Massage for chronic pain has many benefits such as pain alleviation and an increase in the quality of life. The specialists at Liverpool Physio are fully qualified in the assessment and management of pain and have a vast amount of experience in treating chronic pain disorders.

How to book an appointment

If you have chronic pain and would like an appointment then email us on or call 0151 558 0077.

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