Massage: New Studies Have Your Back … Literally — Dave’s Diary
Summertime and the living is…anything but easy! Golf, waterskiing, hiking, camping, yard work, chopping wood and more! It’s more like — Summertime and the living is hyper active and that can lead to sore muscles, joints and low back pain. One way to relax is with a relaxing massage and science agrees. A new clinical study demonstrates that massage therapy eases pain and improves recovery time for people suffering from lower back injuries.
The president of the AMTA says the findings emphasize what professional massage therapists already know: massage is good medicine. Massage therapy provided by a professional massage therapist is being increasingly viewed by physicians and their patients as an important component of integrated care.
Nearly 9 of 10 American consumers believe that massage can be effective in reducing pain and a growing body of clinical research continues to validate that.
In a study published in Scientific World Journal, researchers investigated whether chronic low-back pain therapy with massage therapy alone was as effective as combining it with non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs. The study was conducted on 59 individuals divided into two groups, all of whom suffered from low-back pain and were diagnosed with degenerative changes of the spine, other intervertebral disc diseases or spine pain.
In both patient groups, the pain measured was significantly reduced and the level of disability showed significant improvement compared to the baseline.
Researchers concluded massage had a positive effect on patients with chronic low-back pain and propose that the use of massage causes fast therapeutic results and that, in practice, it could help to reduce the use of anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of chronic low-back pain.
True confessions-I’m married to a fabulous licensed massage therapist (Sara) so I know how great it is!
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