There is evidence as reported in Annals of Internal Medicine (2011; 155, 1-9) to substantiate that massage therapy can be more effective than medications, physical therapy and exercise in reducing chronic lower back pain for up to a year. The randomized study found that either relaxation (e.g., Swedish) or structural (e.g., deep-tissue) massage was equally as effective at reducing back pain.
BOTTOM LINE: Consider receiving periodic (e.g., bi-weekly) massages (in conjunction with performing regular resistance training exercises) instead of an over-reliance of medication usage as a means to reduce back pain.
Brian Danley, CFT
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