Physiotherapists will often prescribe massage therapy to patients with back pain.
Unfortunately, many patients do not find it helpful.
But a new study by the University of Pennsylvania shows that physiotherapy treatment is effective in reducing pain in those with back problems.
Physiotherapy is a treatment that aims to reduce muscle tension and improve circulation to the body.
In some instances, massage can even reduce symptoms of other medical conditions, like arthritis.
So if you’re concerned about back pain, you might want to try some of these massage treatments.
Physiological therapists at the University at Albany and University at Buffalo in New York have conducted a randomized controlled trial that evaluated massage for back and neck pain.
The study involved 10 physiotherapy-trained patients and 10 nonphysiotherapist controls.
The results were published online April 2 in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
For each treatment group, a computerized health record was used to measure the intensity of pain and muscle spasm for the two groups.
The researchers found that the group that received massage reduced pain in back pain by 20 percent and neck stiffness by 20 to 30 percent.
They also found that massage reduced the severity of neck pain by 40 percent, and stiffness by 30 to 40 percent.
A previous study found that people who were massage-trained reported feeling more relief than those who were not.
In fact, they reported feeling less pain after their treatment, suggesting that massage may be more effective for back problems than some of the treatments we’ve seen in the past.
“People may feel better after their massage,” said Dr. Brian Pascual, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the UAB School of Medicine.
“But there’s no evidence yet that that’s true.”
The researchers used the computer-generated data from the two treatments to determine the effects of the massage on the participants’ physical and psychological health.
The research also showed that the massage was effective in treating the pain in patients with spinal stenosis, a common condition that causes abnormal bone growth in the spine.
The study found no significant difference in pain or stiffness between the massage group and the control group, but the difference was significant.
That means the treatment did not reduce the symptoms of the condition in any of the patients.
“There were no differences in the participants physical health or psychological health between the two treatment groups,” said Pascullo.
“This study provides a good demonstration that the therapeutic benefits of massage are likely to be clinically relevant.”
The study is the first to investigate massage treatment for back symptoms.
Pascuel said that although massage is an effective treatment, the effectiveness of this treatment has not been demonstrated in large studies.
In order to find out if massage can reduce back pain and stiffness, the researchers followed the participants for two years, from the time they received the massage.
During the study, the participants were asked to complete a health questionnaire that measured symptoms of back pain; neck stiffness; stiffness in the neck; and physical symptoms of pain.
They were also asked about their current medical conditions.
“What is the likelihood that patients will benefit from physiotherapy?”
Dr. Piscual asked.
“The best thing to do is to do as much as you can and see what works for you.”
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