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Massages Ease Chronic Back Pain In The Short Term

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Back Massage Pain Relief

What a wonderful excuse to get massages once a week! Well, not wonderful, it would be a better situation if you weren't experiencing chronic back pain.

But if you are, at least a massage is a great add-on.

It turns out in a new study that those who get weekly massages used less pain medication and spent less time in bed than those who didn't.

In the new study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 401 people were randomly assigned to usual care or one of two kinds of massage therapy: either so-called structural massage, or relaxation massage (also called Swedish massage).

After 10 weeks the massage group had improved considerably compared to the other patients.

For instance, about 30 percent of those getting massages had used painkillers in the past week, compared to 40 percent of those getting usual care. And twice as many in the usual care group — seven percent — had stayed in bed at least one day in the past month.

The problem is that after half a year, the benefits vanished. Maybe people were getting used to the treatments, or perhaps they should switch up massage styles, but in the short-term the 10% drop in meds sounds worth it to us.

Still, it's great to have options, and there could be worse choices!

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