Many people experience lower back pain. A new study has outlined the effectiveness of massage in reducing the intensity of pain.
During the study, 400 lower back pain patients were given weekly one-hour massages for 10 weeks.
A third of them received relaxation massages, while another third were subject to structural massages. The remaining in the group received standard care which was medication and physical therapy.
After 10 weeks of massage, researchers found that patients who underwent the massage treatment reported marked improvement in pain and function.
The findings show that treatment for lower back pain employing massage did bring relief to patients, but this cannot form a blanket solution for everyone.