Significant improvement in pain intensity and daily function in individuals with low back pain following four to six weeks of a combined treatment of massage therapy, remedial exercise and posture education.

Preyde M. Effectiveness of massage therapy for subacute low-back pain: A randomized controlled trial. Can Med Assoc J. 2000; 162(13): 1815-1820.

Results from this study found improved function, less intense pain and a decrease in the quality of pain in individuals who received six treatments of comprehensive massage therapy (soft tissue mobilization, remedial exercise and posture education) within a time period of one month. At one month follow up, 63% of these individuals reported no low back pain compared to 14% of individuals who only did remedial exercise.

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