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Massage Is Good For Low Back Pain

If you think a nice massage is all about being pampered, guess again. It has been found that massage actually provides relief for those individuals suffering from chronic low back pain. Here’s a research study by the Group Health Research Institute which studied the effects of massage. I think you’ll find the results of the study to be very interesting …


Massage eases low back pain in randomized controlled trial

Annals of Internal Medicine trial compared massage types at Group Health

Seattle, WA—Massage therapy helps ease chronic low back pain and improve function, according to a randomized controlled trial in the July 5 Annals of Internal Medicine. The first study to compare structural and relaxation (Swedish) massage, the trial found that both types of massage worked well, with few side effects. Here is the journal’s summary for patients.

“We found that massage helps people with back pain to function even after six months,” said trial leader Daniel C. Cherkin, PhD, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute. Better function means they are more able to work, take care of themselves, and be active.

“This is important because chronic back pain is among the most common reasons people see doctors and alternative practitioners, including massage therapists,” Dr. Cherkin added. “It’s also a common cause of disability, absenteeism, and ‘presenteeism,’ when people are at work but can’t perform well.”

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The study concluded that massage is an effective form of therapy for individuals suffering from low back pain. And moreover, the type of massage did not differ in terms of results. That is, the group that received relaxation (i.e., “Swedish”) massage reported significant relief from back pain, as did the group who received structural massage. The control group which received “usual care”, that is, the administration of medication for their low back pain, did not fare as well.

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