Consumer Reports: Massage Therapy for Low-Back Pain

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. Back pain is the second most common neurological ailment in the United States.

A new Consumer Reports article compares massage therapy with other treatments like physical therapy and acupuncture. 

“'Limited research suggests that massage therapy might ease lower back pain—a condition that affects eight in 10 adults at some point in their lives,' says Consumer Reports chief medical adviser Marvin M. Lipman, M.D. For example, a 2015 review of 25 small to midsized clinical trials conducted by researchers with the independent Cochrane Library. It found that among people with lower back pain lasting more than four weeks, massage provided better relief than either no treatment or a 'placebo' treatment—such as lightly touching the skin." Read the full article »

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