Chronic low back pain affects millions of Americans every day—people working, playing, and functioning in their daily life. Fortunately, massage has been proven to be an effective choice for many kinds of persistent or chronic back pain.
Group Health and University of Vermont researchers find a longer treatment period is better for reducing dysfunction.
Massage therapy helps ease chronic low back pain and improve function, according to a randomized controlled trial in the July 5 Annals of Internal Medicine. The first study to compare structural and relaxation (Swedish) massage, the trial found that both types of massage worked well, with few side effects.