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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2012 Nov;18(4):227-34. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.07.001. Epub 2012 Aug 18.

The effectiveness of Swedish massage and traditional Thai massage in treating chronic low back pain: a review of the literature.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Research Centre for Clinical & Community Practice Innovation, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan Campus, Nathan/QLD 4111, Australia. n.sritoomma@griffith.edu.au

Abstract

AIM:

To review the effectiveness of Swedish and traditional Thai massage in treating chronic low back pain.

BACKGROUND:

Thai and Swedish massage both appear to relieve lower back pain but their relative effectiveness has not been clearly established.

DESIGN AND METHOD:

A literature review of nine databases were searched and 13 papers found.

RESULTS:

Six papers meet the inclusion criteria and were summarised and reviewed. Both Thai and Swedish massages are reported to relieve chronic low back pain by enhancing physical functions; providing pain relief, improving disability and range of motion, improving psychological functions; reducing anxiety and improving mood. Although based on different theoretical frameworks, they appear to be equally effective in relieving chronic low back pain.

CONCLUSION:

Despite some evidence for the use of massage to relieve low back pain, methodological limitations highlight the need for further studies that compare Thai massage and Swedish massage.

PMID:
23059437
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.07.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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