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Try massage to treat low back pain

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Researchers say real-world massage is effective for the treatment of low back pain according to a new study.


Low back pain can be very costly in terms of lost productivity and is often very difficult to treat. There has been hope that massage can serve as an effective treatment for low back pain.

Many people who suffer from low back pain

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Indiana University reports an effective treatment for low back pain is real-world massage. Niki Munk, who is an assistant professor of health sciences in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a co-author of this study, has pointed out that the findings of this study are significant due to the many people who suffer from low back pain in the United States.

Low back pain is associated with years lost to disability

Low back pain is associated with more years lost to disability in the United States than any other disorder. Greater than 50 percent of the participants in this study experienced clinically meaningful improvements in their low back pain with massage. Munk has commented that this study should help primary care providers to feel confident enough to tell patients to try massage if they suffer from low back pain if they can afford to do so. Massage is generally not covered by insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. Because massage is an out-of-pocket cost people often wonder if it is worth the cost.

This study has been published in the journal Pain Medicine. The results have offered a meaningful sign that massage is effective for primary care patients who suffer from chronic low back pain. Considerations of getting a relaxing massage to help with low back pain raises the hope of more recoveries for people with this condition.