Low back pain can be highly uncomfortable, debilitating and disruptive for those who suffer from it and has been implicated as a major factor in lost work time and health care spending in North America.
The Harvard Medical School Special Health Report, titled Low Back Pain – Healing Your Aching Back (published by Harvard Health Publications) outlines, for both health professionals and lay-readers, factors leading or contributing to LBP and suggests therapeutic options for patients who live with it. Amongst these, massage therapy is listed as a viable therapeutic option for patients suffering from LBP.
The report quotes a study that shows: “acupressure massage (also called shiatsu), which involves applying finger pressure to points that lie along acupuncture meridians, gave greater relief than traditional Swedish massage,” and also notes that “Another [study] found similar results from Swedish and Thai massage, in which the therapist moves the massage recipient into a series of poses, and includes muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure.”*
The report also quotes a study that states, “receiving massages may enable you to spend less on doctor visits and pain medications.”
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* Excerpts reproduced with permission.