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Question: Is massage therapy efficacious, or does it just feel good?


For patients with chronic low back pain, the answer is yes to both. In a randomized trial of 262 patients, massage was superior to acupuncture and self-care/education at 10 weeks. At 52 weeks, massage remained superior to acupuncture and was the least expensive of the three in total costs of medical care.

Reference:  Klepser TB, Klepser ME: Unsafe and potentially safe herbal therapies. Am J Health Syst Pharm 56:125-138, 1999

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