By the end of this study, the massage therapy group showed better results compared to the relaxation group.

First, the details.

  • 30 adult men with low back pain for at least 6 months participated in the study.
  • Massage therapy was compared to relaxation therapy.
  • Sessions were 30 min long twice a week for 5 weeks.

And, the results.

  • By the end of the study, the massage therapy group reported experiencing less pain, depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance compared to the relaxation group.
  • They also showed improved trunk and pain flexion performance.

The bottom line?
Recently a reader reminded me, “There are many people doing research on the value of massage for treating pain, facilitating rehabilitation, treating chronic musculoskeletal problems, and other conditions.” This is an example from the University of Miami School of Medicine.

8/14 22:30 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.