- Oregon Health and Science University study, led by Dr. Richard A. Deyo
- July 5, 2011
- Not a spa
Massage May Ease Chronic Bak Pain
In an Oregon Health and Science University randomized trial (401 people), reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, people who got weekly massages for 10 weeks used less pain medicine and spent less time in bed than those without special care.
An Oregon Health and Science University randomized trial (401 people), reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine and by Reuters (July 2011) found people who got weekly massages for 10 weeks used less pain medicine and spent less time in bed than those without special care. People were assigned to two two kinds of massage: structural and Swedish and there wasn't any substantial difference in outcomes by type of massage. Reuters summarizes: "After 10 weeks the massage group improved considerably," compared to patients receiving usual care. For instance, 30% of those getting massages had used less painkillers in the last week - and twice as many in the usual care group (7%) had stayed in bed at least 1 day in the last month. (Although some of the benefits of massage disappeared after a half-year and all gains disappeared after a full year.) Dr. Richard Deyo (who led the study) noted: "Many of us believe that for truly chronic pain symptoms, exercise programs are actually one of the mainstay treatments that will help people function better on a daily basis."
Annals of Internal Medicine - and covered at Reuters by Health Reporter Frederik Joelving