It seems like massage therapy has the interest of numerous researchers who discover more and more proven benefits. Here are a few of the most recent findings on the positive effects of massage therapy:
Recent research showed that subjects with osteoarthritis of the knee had significantly reduced pain when they received sixty minute Swedish massage sessions once-a-week. The study was supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the therapy received by participants followed a specific protocol.
A ten week study done through the Group Health Research Institute showed that patients with chronic low back pain who received massage therapy were twice as likely to report significant improvements in both pain and function as those receiving usual care. Another recent study showed that massage therapy, specifically myofascial release techniques, reduced pain and improved quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia.
We are excited that researchers are exploring the world of benefits offered by massage therapy, especially as it relates to chronic conditions that can be debilitating over time. As an important component of treatment for many different conditions, massage has been proven to lessen symptoms and provide relief for those who are willing to give it a try.