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Massage Therapy for the Pain of Osteoarthritis of the Knee

More Americans are turning to massage therapy for medical reasons, including pain relief, soreness and injury. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people. See what some of the research says about massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Research: Massage Therapy & 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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Learn how massage therapists can successfully help manage the pain of osteoarthritis, including flexibility, techniques and contraindications for massage therapy.

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