When one or more muscle groups are tense and aching, reaching for a dose of over-the-counter pain medication may seem like the simplest solution; however a massage may be an effective alternative – See more at: Massagemag.com This article is not discrediting over-the-counter pain medicine, but in my experience as a massage therapist, there are times when a simple good massage can eliminate the pain. For example, I have clients who have told me that they used take Advil or Aleve for a long time, but since they started getting massages they are no longer taking pain medication. Another benefit of massage therapy is that it does not include the risk of side effects, such as ulcers or liver damage, which can occur with prolonged use of over-the-counter pain medications.