15 Jul '11, 3am

Massage better than meds for back pain, research finds - Yahoo! News via @yahoosg

Nagging back pain? New research reports that a weekly one-hour massage could be just the thing. A study shows that a 10-week massage treatment reduced pain more than medications and exercises, and the effects lasted for six months. The research, published July 5 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicin e, involved about 400 patients aged 20 to 65 with chronic low back pain. Seattle-based researchers from the Group Health Research Institute examined the benefits of relaxation massage, such as Swedish-style massage, and more structural massage, a technique provided by therapists with advanced training. The study found that both kinds of massage benefited the subjects. At the end of the 10-week treatment, nearly 40 percent of patients in the massage groups said their pain was nearly or completely gone, compared to 4 percent in the usual care group, which included treatments ...

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