Massage Therapy in treating Back Pain

Recently a study of 401 back pain patients demonstrated that massage works as well as the standard treatment for back pain – acetaminophen ornonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). 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 without an identified cause, and were randomly assigned one of the 3 following treatments over a period of 10 weeks:

Standard treatment : acetaminophen or an NSAID

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. Martin Morrissey offers various treatments in Massage therapy, please speak to reception to book a massage.


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