Many back pain sufferers seek to alleviate their symptoms with massage, but, according to The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, only some forms of massage therapy are actually beneficial in reducing or eliminating pain. “Research suggests that classic massage, Thai massage and acupressure can relieve low back pain that has lasted longer than several weeks,” says Professor Peter Sawicki, the Institute’s Director. Back pain, which is rarely caused by a more serious health problem, often gets better on its own. And, while massage therapy can help patients cope with symptoms, research indicates that the most pain relief is gained when patients combine massage with other modalities such as exercise or stretching.
Source: The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care
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