Back Pain and Massage

 
  • Massage therapy versus relaxation therapy with chronic low back pain patients was evaluated for reducing pain, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances, for improving trunk range of motion (ROM) and for reducing job absenteeism and increasing job productivity. Thirty adults with low back pain with a duration of at least 6 months pain participated in the study. On the first and last day of the 5-week study participants completed questionnaires and were assessed for ROM. By the end of the study, the massage therapy group, as compared to the relaxation group, reported less pain, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbance. They also showed improved trunk and pain flexion performance. (Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Diego, M., & Fraser, M. (2007). Lower back pain and sleep disturbance are reduced following massage therapy. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapy, 11, 141-145.) Abstract
  • In a randomized study on 262 patients, massage was effective for treating chronic back pain.The massage group also used the least medications and had the lowest costs of subsequent care(Cherkin, D.C., Eisenberg, D., et.al. Randomized Trial Comparing Traditional Chinese Medical Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage, and Self-care Education for Chronic Low Back Pain. Arch Intern Med. 161(8):1081-8; Apr 23, 2001.) Abstract
  • Massage therapy was compared to relaxation for chronic low back pain. By the end of the study, the massage therapy group, as compared to the relaxation group, reported less pain, depression and anxiety and improved sleep. They also showed improved trunk and pain flexion performance, and their serotonin and dopamine levels were higher. (Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T., Krasnegor, J., & Theakston, H. (2001). Lower back pain is reduced and range of motion increased after massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 106, 131-145.) Abstract
  • At the end of a study on the effects of massage on back pain, the massage therapy group as compared to the relaxation group, reported experiencing less pain, depression, anxiety and improved sleep. Their serotonin and dopamine levels were also higher. (Hernandez-Reif, M., Field, T., Krasnegor, J., Theakston, H. & Burman, I. (2000). Chronic lower back pain is reduced and range of motion improved with massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 99, 1-15.) Abstract
  • Study on 107 subjects showed that the massage therapy group had improved function, less intense pain and a decrease in the quality of pain compared with the other 3 groups. Massage is effective in relieving and controlling subacute low-back pain(Preyde, M. Effectiveness of Massage Therapy for Subacute Low-back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 162(13):1815-20; Jn 27, 2000.) Abstract
  • Massage reduces pain, lessens stiffness and fatigue(Sunshine, W., Field, T., et. al. Fibromyalgia Benefits From Massage Therapy and Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 2(1): 18-22; Feb 1996.) Abstract
  • Massage produces an increase in plasma myoglobin and helps decrease muscle tension and pain after repeated treatments. (Danneskiold-Samsoe, B., Christiansen, E., Anderson, R.B. Myofascial Pain and the Role of Myoglobin. Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, 15: 174-178; 1986.) Abstract