New Research on Massage Benefits

Lower Back Pain

A Polish study published this year hypothesized that 10 deep-tissue massage sessions of 30 minutes each would have the same effect as the same amount of sessions combined with the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in treating chronic lumbosacral pain. The results showed a significant improvement with regard to the experienced pain and the self-reported disability in both groups, suggesting that treatment protocol might someday limit the overuse of NSAIDs for lower back pain. The study also noted that there’s very little research on the effects of massage during the acute stage of lumbosacral pain, but that pain is reduced with the use of massage in the sub-acute and early chronic stages.