Massage, Yoga & Exercise Recommended for Low Back Pain

Massage therapy, as well as therapies such as yoga and exercise, is recommended for low back pain, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians. The guidelines analyzed more than 150 studies on low back pain treatments, and nonpharmacological approaches such as massage therapy are preferred.

NPR and other media outlets reported the findings and encouraged people to use massage therapy and other nonpharmacologic treatments for low back pain, one of the most common neurological ailments in the United States.  

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Research has shown that massage increases mobility, decreases depression & anxiety associated with low back pain.  Massage for pain management is sought after more and more when people find that conventional treatments are not helping or that a more integrative approach increases the body's ability to heal.