Scientific Evidence for massage reducing muscle pain
Scientific Evidence for massage reducing muscle pain 16 Sep 2019
I would say the number one reason for booking with Vitality Therapy is muscle pain in either
I know that new clients often come to us because we were recommended by their colleagues; who came to us with muscle pain and found massage relieved it. So my clinical experience is consistent with the view that massage has been traditionally used to relieve pain. But what about the scientific evidence?
Lower back pain is the most common reason for visiting your GP and hence one of the most studied areas of massage. Several scientific studies have concluded that massage therapy is more effective than a placebo for sub acute and chronic lower back pain. The evidence suggest that massage therapy achieved significant client satisfaction and reduction in pain levels, both in the short and long term.
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