Two new clinical studies have shown that massage therapy is beneficial for people suffering from lower back pain and people recovering from burns. These pieces of research provide evidence for what most massage therapists and many of their clients know: Massage is good medicine. The two studies coming out of World Science Journal and Burns show that massage therapy is effective in pain management, as well as other benefits.
The patients who participated in the study focused on back pain were diagnosed with degenerative changes in the spine or disc diseases or spine pain. The participants were divided into two groups: one who received massage therapy alone and another who received a received massage therapy in combination with anti-inflammatory drugs. In both groups, patients showed significant improvement in pain compared to their baselines, showing evidence that massage therapy alone can have fast clinical results and could be used in place of some anti-inflammatory medications.
The second study looked at the effects of massage on burn recovery – specifically focusing on pain and scar recovery. Researchers divided participants into two groups: one who received standard therapy and a second who received massage in addition to the standard treatments. Researchers found that burn rehabilitation massage therapy is effective in improving pain, itching, and scar characteristics in hypertrophic scars after a burn.
These two studies provide clinical support for the use of massage therapy as medicine. Even if you are not suffering from diagnosed back problems or have not suffered a burn recently, massage therapy can still improve your quality of life and likely reduce your reliance on pharmaceutical interventions. Call Elements Massage Scottsdale Promenade and book an appointment today 480.998.2120!