Massage Provides Relief for Low Back Pain

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Massage finds success for chronic low back pain

Chronic low back pain is often treated with expensive fusion surgery. Many of these surgeries fail. Are there natural therapies for chronic low back pain?

Massage is a natural therapy for back pain

A 2011 study shows that massage is better than conventional medicine for chronic low back pain.

The study randomly followed 401 adults with low back pain treatments who were given either Swedish-style “structural” massage, relaxation massage, or conventional back pain treatment. After three months, the two massage groups had more pain reduction and more mobility than did the conventional treatment group. While 36% and 39% of the patients among the two massage groups documented that their pain was gone or nearly gone, only 4% of the conventional treatment group could make that claim.

The conventional treatments included being given pain-relieving medications, being given muscle relaxants, or given treatments by chiropractors or physical therapists.

Both types of massage were successful

The improvement among the two types of massage groups were about the same. Swedish massage is the most used type of massage, and the predominant method taught in massage schools.

Improvements among the massage patients ranged from mild and gradual to immediate. This was noted as faster than the response to most non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which are sold over the counter and by prescription.

The improvements from the three months of massage lasted at least six months, and in some cases for a year.

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The study was performed by researchers from the Group Health Research Institute, the University of Washington, the University of Vermont, and the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon, and was published in the Journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

Other research has shown that acupuncture reduces sciatic pain better than pharmaceuticals. And tai chi helps reduce low back pain too.

In this video webinar we teach you how to do massage for low back pain along with many other natural therapies. These include biomedical manual torsion therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, and many other strategies. This video also explains the anatomy of low back pain and some of the weaknesses of conventional treatments such as back pain surgery and fusions:

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Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ, Kahn J, Wellman R, Cook AJ, Johnson E, Erro J, Delaney K, Deyo RA. A comparison of the effects of 2 types of massage and usual care on chronic low back pain: a randomized, controlled trial. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Jul 5;155(1):1-9.

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Case Adams, PhD

Case Adams has a Ph.D. in Natural Health Sciences, is a California Naturopath and is Board Certified as an Alternative Medicine Practitioner, with clinical experience and diplomas in Aromatherapy, Bach Flower Remedies, Blood Chemistry, Clinical Nutritional Counseling, Homeopathy and Colon Hydrotherapy. He has authored 27 books and numerous articles on print and online magazines. Contact: [email protected]

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