New Research on Massage Benefits

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Duration Matters

A National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine-funded study looked at massage “dosing” for chronic neck pain. The 2014 study compared subjects who received 30-minute massages two or three times a week for four weeks with others who received 60-minute sessions one, two or three times a week for four weeks, plus a control group who were simply put on a wait list. Researchers found that those receiving the 30-minute sessions did not have significant benefit versus those in the control group. But those receiving the 60-minute sessions were three times more likely to have clinically meaningful improvement in neck function with two sessions a week—and five times more likely if the massages were three times a week.