Proven pain relief
Recently a study of 401 back pain patients demonstrated that massage works as well as the standard treatment for back pain - acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and physical therapy.
The research was headed by epidemiologist Daniel Cherikin, a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.
The patients in the study:
Had back pain for 3 months or longer.
Did not have an identified cause for back pain.
The patients were randomly assigned to one of 3 treatments over a period of 10 weeks:
Standard treatment : acetaminophen or an NSAID, plus physical therapy once a week for 1 hour.
Relaxing (also called Swedish style) massage once a week for 1 hour.
Structural massage (also called deep tissue massage) focusing on specific areas of pain and targeting ligaments and joints once a week for 1 hour.
Results showed that after one year, all three groups reported similar decreases in pain and improved ability to perform daily activities.
Interestingly, at 10 weeks and again at 6 months, the patients receiving massage therapy reported less pain and greater ability to perform daily activities than the patients on standard therapy.
In other words, massage worked sooner than standard therapy to relieve back pain and to get people back to their normal daily activities.
Original article http_://www.spine-health.com/blog/massage-therapy-drug-free-alternative-back-pain-relief
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