Massage Therapy for Low Back Pain Sufferers


According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low-back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work.

Research shows massage therapy can help pain associated with low back pain.

Research: Massage Therapy & Low Back Pain

In a study published in the February 2014 edition of Scientific World Journal, researchers investigated whether chronic low-back pain therapy with massage therapy alone was as effective as combining it with non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs.

The study was conducted on 59 individuals divided into two groups, all of whom suffered from low-back pain and were diagnosed with degenerative changes of the spine, other intervertebral disc diseases or spine pain.

In both patient groups, the pain measured was significantly reduced and the level of disability showed significant improvement compared to the baseline. Researchers concluded massage had a positive effect on patients with chronic low-back pain and propose that the use of massage indicates similar results as anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of chronic low-back pain. 

Read the study on PubMed »

Related: Massage Therapists, take the CE "Lower Back Pain & the Role of Massage Therapy"

Additional Research on Massage & Low Back Pain

Research has shown that massage can:

  • decrease low back pain
  • decrease disability associated with low back pain
  • demonstrates decreased pain and disability over time
  • decrease anxiety/depression associated with low back pain

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