Massage Therapy Relieves Chronic Back Pain
This study confirmed what I have known for a long time. They looked at relaxation massage and structural massage, which focuses on correcting soft-tissue abnormalities. At 10 weeks they found that participants (age 20-65 years) who had chronic low back pain responded to both types of massage. In fact, the patients receiving massage were twice as likely as those receiving usual care to report significant improvement in both pain and function that lasted 6 months.