Finance is big news right now,  all we’re hearing is doom and gloom, and what with Christmas fast approaching – the first question we ask before making any purchase is “Can I afford this?”.

This got me thinking about the facts and figures that have a major effect on Australians and our  Economy.

Last year the Daily Telegraph highlighted a Morgan and Banks report which stated that sick leave is costing  Australian businesses up to a staggering $2.56 billion per year.  With stress reportedly being the highest cause of absenteeism and back pain not far behind.

But what about the cost to the individual?  One article claims that Australians spend up to $1 billion annually on treatments for  back pain – a huge amount of money by any standards.  Could this be avoided?

As the old saying goes – an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.  Treating something before it becomes chronic not only saves you pain and discomfort, but also makes sound financial sense.

This is where massage becomes invaluable.  Regular massage can dramatically improve a pain sufferers quality of life.  A report from The National Center for Biotechnology Information in the US concluded:

“Therapeutic massage was effective for persistent low back pain, apparently providing long-lasting benefits. Traditional Chinese Medical acupuncture was relatively ineffective. Massage might be an effective alternative to conventional medical care for persistent back pain”.

Even if you’re not in any real pain, but suffer some twinges or irregular headaches when sat at a desk for long periods – getting regular maintenance treatments can help maintain this pain free state, and stop what is an irregular pain/condition from becoming  chronic, and costly.

Massage is also revered for its stress busting properties, lowering blood pressure, improving sleep patterns, increasing range of motion, the list goes on.

So, with this in mind, maybe the question should be…Massage, can you afford not to?