I’m in pain, should I get a massage?
The is very little evidence that massage will reduce your pain symptoms, you really don’t need to get a massage.
Is a massage good for your body?
There is no evidence to suggest it has any benefit other then making you feel good (in the case that you enjoy being massaged)
I’m in pain though what can I do?!!
If you have recently had pain symptoms in the majority of cases you have irritated something and it is best to reduce the load until it can heal itself, this does not mean you have to rest, keep as active as you have been but try alternating your exercise or adapt your behaviour to let the inflammation go down and then go back to reloading it.
But I’ve been in pain for over 3 months its driving me crazy!!!!
Im really really sorry but massage is not going to help you. You have my deepest sympathies as chronic pain seems to be a terrible and persistent issue. There is evidence that exercise can have a mild effect on the reduction of symptoms.
What exercises should I do?
Anything you enjoy doing, there are no specific exercises that will help you more significantly better then others. If the activity causes you pain, reduce the level at which you are participating or adapt the way you do it to reduce your symptoms.
My osteopath/chiropractor/personal trainer/physiotherapy has told me to do these specific exercises to remedy my pain. Should I continue doing them?
Yes, go nuts. They will likely help you if they are active exercises that requires you to activate your muscles. If they are passive exercises like stretching, mobilisation or massage then they are probably not evidence based practitioners. This does not mean that they are wrong!!! There are instances where well controlled studies cannot be funded or even possible to attain evidence for a variety of modalities, its a sticky subject. If you feel benefit from anything you are prescribed then keep doing them.
Wow you’re amazingly honest and brilliant!