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Study Investigates Relief For Chronic Back Pain

The Group Health Research Institute of Seattle, Washington has published a study in Annals of Internal Medicine that showed massage therapy may effectively reduce or relieve chronic back pain.  I am a big believer and supporter of massage therapy and have wondered why it is not a covered benefit for treating back and neck pain.  Even medical benefits savings plans offered by employers (where you put aside your own pre-tax dollars to be used for medical care) do not allow massage. Patients who get massage for musculoskeletal conditions do better and utilize less pain meds, yet is is seldom prescribed and rarely covered by any insurance plan.

This study confirmed what I have known for a long time.  They looked at relaxation massage and structural massage, which focuses on correcting soft-tissue abnormalities.  At 10 weeks they found that participants (age 20-65 years) who had chronic low back pain responded to both types of massage.  In fact, the patients receiving massage were twice as likely as those receiving usual care to report significant improvement in both pain and function that lasted 6 months.

Back pain is one of the most common maladies of humans.  It’s time we recognize the benefit of “laying on of hands” by a skilled massage therapist.

*This blog post was originally published at EverythingHealth*


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2 Responses to “Study Investigates Relief For Chronic Back Pain”

  1. Ben says:

    The point is well taken, and I agree that massage should be worked into care for back-pain sufferers, but if you’re talking about this subject you at least need to mention the obvious reason that it is not covered by either insurance or HSA rules: the likelihood that the benefit will be abused. It’s true that many back-pain sufferers would properly use this benefit as a healthcare service, but huge numbers of healthy people would also love free or subsidized massages, and there is no easy way to handle this without a gatekeeper (i.e. a doctor would need to prescribe it, etc) and even then you’ll probably see a good amount of “massage-seeking behavior” from patients.

    Anyway, there may be systems for mitigating abuse, but it at least bears mentioning in this post.

  2. Johannes Klupfel says:

    The lower back or the lumbar region is the part of the spine in the center of the ribs and at the end of the spine. This region supports nearly all of the weights of the body, and is responsible for most of the body’s flexibility. This makes the part of the lower back more susceptible to harm. The most typical cause of spinal pain is continuous sitting. However, there are types of jobs that oblige people to keep sitting for longer hours. With that, the next best thing to do is to provide support for the spine. This can be achieved with the use of a back pain support cushion.
    Back pain support cushion is a type of pillow that is specifically created to support your back. The cushion absorbs the tensions which are felt by the ligaments and the muscles of the lower back. You will find tensions on your back whenever you are sitting or even lying down. The back pain support cushion improves proper posture simply by being the guide to which our backs follow the S- shape that it is accustomed to. The cushion takes away the discomfort from having a bad posture and the lack of back support, as well.
    A back pain support cushion is light,small, and mobile – it is not limited to your office chair or vehicle. It is possible to use a similar back pain support cushion at your home, when on the air plane, or while traveling. A back pain support cushion assumes the shape of your back, giving you with whole back support. This cushion could support each and every point of your spine. The load against your spine is lessen with the weight being passed on to the cushion at every single point of contact. You will get much relief by utilizing a back pain support cushion.
    The back pain support cushion can be loaded with various substances. This gives the cushion diverse levels of support. Foam is the most frequently used material for a cushion. Wheat is another common preference because it can be easily adjusted by adding or getting rid of the filling. Improved back pain support cushion must come in high quality memory foam. The current models of back support cushions possess memory materials, or special foams that utilize heat from your body to follow the particular shape of your back.
    The prices of back pain support cushions are surprisingly affordable. You may get a lot of benefits at an extremely low cost. It also comes in various colours and designs that make the seats appear more appealing.

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