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Structural and Relaxation Massage in Chronic Low Back Pain

Study Type:Therapy
OE Level Evidence:2
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

A Comparison of the Effects of 2 Types of Massage and Usual Care on Chronic Low Back Pain

Ann Intern Med. 2011 Jul 5;155(1):1-9. doi: 10.1059/0003-4819-155-1-201107050-00002

Contributing Authors: DC Cherkin KJ Sherman J Kahn R Wellman AJ Cook E Johnson J Erro K Delaney RA Deyo

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401 patients, 20 to 65 years of age, with nonspecific chronic low back pain were randomized to three different groups receiving relaxation massage, structural massage, or usual care to compare their effectiveness in pain reduction. After 52 weeks of follow up, massage therapies safely improved pain and function over the short term, but the effects were diminished at final follow-up. There were no ...

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