Lower Back Pain – International Journal of Neuroscience
Clinical Study: Lower back pain is reduced and range of motion increased after massage therapy.
Massage therapy was compared to relaxation for chronic low back pain. By the end of the study, the massage therapy group, as compared to the relaxation group, reported less pain, depression and anxiety and improved sleep. They also showed improved trunk and pain flexion performance, and their serotonin and dopamine levels were higher.
Massage therapy is effective in reducing pain, stress hormones and symptoms associated with chronic low back pain.