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Massage Helps Low-Back Pain

Most people have experienced back pain, and many hope that massage will relieve it. But not all forms of massage have been scientifically proven to help against low back pain.

Research suggests that classic massage, Thai massage and acupressure can relieve low back pain that has lasted longer than several weeks.

In classic (Swedish) massage the affected area of skin and muscles are massaged; in Thai massage the limbs are pulled and stretched; acupressure involves applying pressure to certain points on the body.

Research also indicates that people could benefit more if they combine massages with exercises and stretching. In some trials this combination of approaches led to better pain relief and mobility compared to massage alone.

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