Low Back Pain
by Lisa Poole on Monday, May 18, 2015
Low back pain is very common. It often goes away after several days or weeks, but it may last for months or years or periodically recur. The main goal in treating low back pain is to decrease pain and allow people to resume their normal activities. Usual treatments for low back pain include drugs, physical therapy, back exercises, and education about ways to prevent back injury and deal with back pain. Some alternative treatments for low back pain are chiropractic care or massage therapy.
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A study was done in 2011 to compare the short-term and long-term effects of relaxation massage, structural massage, and usual care for people with persisting low back pain. Researchers found Participants who received massage had less pain and were better able to perform daily activities after 10 weeks than those who received usual care. The benefits of massage lasted for 6 months but were less clear at 1 year, when pain and function had improved about equally in all 3 groups. The type of massage did not seem to make a difference. Symptoms and ability to perform activities improved about the same in the 2 massage groups. The implications of the study show ten sessions of massage therapy led to more rapid improvement in low back pain than usual medical care. There was no apparent difference between relaxation massage and the more specialized technique of structural massage.
The full report is titled “A Comparison of the Effects of 2 Types of Massage and Usual Care on Chronic Low Back Pain. A Randomized, Controlled Trial.” It is in the 5 July 2011 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Massage will help relieve the pain and you can be happy too! (well maybe not as happy as this golden)