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ScientificWorldJournal. 2014 Feb 23;2014:287597. doi: 10.1155/2014/287597. eCollection 2014.

Deep tissue massage and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for low back pain: a prospective randomized trial.

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  • 1Department of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, 28 Czerwca 1956 roku 135/147, 61-545 Poznan, Poland.
  • 2Department of Kinesiotherapy, University School of Physical Education in Poznan, Królowej Jadwigi 27/39, 61-871 Poznan, Poland.
  • 3Department of Pediatric Orthopedics and Traumatology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, 28 Czerwca 1956 roku 135/147, 61-545 Poznan, Poland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate whether chronic low back pain therapy with deep tissue massage (DTM) gives similar results to combined therapy consisting of DTM and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).

DESIGN:

Prospective controlled randomized single blinded trial.

SETTINGS:

Ambulatory care of rehabilitation.

PARTICIPANTS:

59 patients, age 51.8 ± 9.0 years, with chronic low back pain. Interventions. 2 weeks of DTM in the treatment group (TG) versus 2 weeks of DTM combined with NSAID in the control group (CG).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Visual analogue scale, Oswestry disability index (ODI), and Roland-Morris questionnaire (RM).

RESULTS:

In both the TG and the CG, a significant pain reduction and function improvement were observed. VAS decreased from 58.3 ± 18.2 to 42.2 ± 21.1 (TG) and from 51.8 ± 18.8 to 30.6 ± 21.9 (CG). RM value decreased from 9.8 ± 5.1 to 6.4 ± 4.4 (TG), and from 9.3 ± 5.5 to 6.1 ± 4.6 (CG). ODI value decreased from 29.2 ± 17.3 to 21.4 ± 15.1 (TG) and from 21.4 ± 9.4 to 16.6 ± 9.4 (CG). All pre-post-treatment differences were significant; however, there was no significant difference between the TG and the CG.

CONCLUSION:

DTM had a positive effect on reducing pain in patients with chronic low back pain. Concurrent use of DTM and NSAID contributed to low back pain reduction in a similar degree that the DTM did.

PMID:
24707200
PMCID:
PMC3953439
DOI:
10.1155/2014/287597
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