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Does massage help low back pain?

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Massage may provide relief, too. One study found that people who got either structural massage (soft-tissue techniques to address problems with your muscles or skeleton) or relaxation massage (stroking, kneading, or circular motions to help you chill) saw improved symptoms after 10 weeks. They were able to get through their daily activities more easily and used less pain medication than those who just got regular care.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Low Back Pain: Treatments and Drugs.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Low back pain in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

National Institutes of Health: “Massage Therapy Holds Promise for Low-Back Pain,” “4 Things to Know About Spinal Manipulation for Low-Back Pain,” “Yoga or Stretching Eases Low Back Pain,” “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

University of Michigan: “Use Heat or Ice to Relieve Low Back Pain,” “Massage Therapy Holds Promise for Low-Back Pain.”

Stanford University: “Psychological Factors Appear to Inflame Back Pain.”

Harvard Medical School: “The Psychology of Low Back Pain.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Low Back Pain: Treatments and Drugs.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Low back pain in adults (Beyond the Basics).”

National Institutes of Health: “Massage Therapy Holds Promise for Low-Back Pain,” “4 Things to Know About Spinal Manipulation for Low-Back Pain,” “Yoga or Stretching Eases Low Back Pain,” “Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.”

University of Michigan: “Use Heat or Ice to Relieve Low Back Pain,” “Massage Therapy Holds Promise for Low-Back Pain.”

Stanford University: “Psychological Factors Appear to Inflame Back Pain.”

Harvard Medical School: “The Psychology of Low Back Pain.”

Reviewed by Michael W. Smith on December 13, 2017

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