Massage Therapy for the Pain of Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Massage therapy can help many health issues, including knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. See what some of the research says.

Research: Massage + Osteoarthritis

Research supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) shows that sixty minute sessions of Swedish massage once a week for those with osteoarthritis of the knee significantly reduced their pain.

Each massage therapy session followed a specific protocol, including the nature of massage strokes. The study involved a total group of 125 subjects, with 25 receiving the 60-minute massage over 8 weeks, while others received less massage or usual care without massage. Previous studies on massage for the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee showed similar results, but were on a more limited number of subjects. Access the study »

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