Lumbago can be effectively treated through massages

Lower back painCan Massage Help Your Back Problem medically known as ‘lumbago’ has been found to be the chief cause behind job disability on a worldwide basis. Approximately 10% of working adults suffer from lumbago and the condition becomes chronic for a significant proportion of those who first report back pain symptoms. However, back pain patients can now breathe a sigh of relief as a recent research has pinpointed that massages could furnish long-term respite from numbing pain.

A report of the study put out in the Pain Medicine journal detailed the massage benefits for those plagued by lumbago. In order to determine the positive effects of massaging, researchers reviewed 104 chronic back pain patients that had been referred to certified masseurs by their physicians. These patients attended at least 10 massage sessions over the course of 12 weeks where the massage therapists were at liberty to create patient-specific plans, instead of using a standardized program.

Following the end of the trial, 50% of the respondents who filled up a questionnaire reported that their back pain had significantly subsided. In fact, the improvement was so effectual for some individuals that the scores they had attained on a standardized selection test had plummeted below the disability threshold level. This information was conveyed by the assistant professor of health sciences at Purdue University Indianapolis, Niki Munk who was helming the study. Incidentally, Niki also happens to be a certified massage therapist.

Several patients who participated in the study not only experienced significant clinical improvement in back pain but the progress persisted as well. After three months, in which time, 75% of the respondents did not take any massages expressed feeling still quite better. Munk added that though the pain had relapsed somewhat but it was definitely much less than what it was when the study commenced.

Nevertheless, more studies have to be carried out so as to thoroughly figure out the exact massage benefits for lumbago and how this specific therapy helped in pain management. However, the few studies conducted so far have established that massage contributed directly towards assuaging muscular inflammation. The sample size for the research comprised of patients, some of whom were overweight, while a few were suffering from back pain due to a different health condition, and some were taking opioids.

The researchers observed that there was a level of improvement for almost everyone that participated in the study. At the same, they noted some demographics-oriented tendencies. For instance, adults aged 49 and beyond had a greater possibility of reaping the massage benefits in comparison to younger patients.

The improvements were also less likely to last for a specific time period as far as obese patients were concerned. And for those on opioids, the development was not noticeable enough so as to make a meaningful change in their day to day living. Director of behavioral health at the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine’, William Elder, and another lead researcher in the study strongly felt that trials of a similar nature could have a bearing on the manner in which how doctors practiced.

This study as well as other such researches conducted in the future could furnish medical practitioners with sufficient evidence to recommend massage as an efficient treatment procedure.

Lower back pain patients can log in at www.orlandomalemassage.com or contact Douglas Powell at 407-325-8866 for scheduling a massage therapy session.

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