This is weird. I'm going to try it again tonight.
I have severe pain in my sacrum and coccyx which tends to get really bad when I'm in bed. I woke up last night with burning, throbbing and pins and needles. I'm no contortionist and didn't attempt to massage myself. Instead I started massaging my face and head. It's all I could reach comfortably. It was soothing. Then suddenly I felt my back melting into the bed and the pain disappearing. It was bliss. The more I massaged my face the less pain I felt in my back.
Is this the flip side of giving yourself acute pain to confuse the brain? Or have I had my lower back massaged so much my body just associates massage with relaxing the lower spine?
Whatever the reason, Whether its effective will need to be based on more than one event. Will post again after a couple of weeks to let you know the outcome.