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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2015 Nov;21(4):233-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2015.08.002. Epub 2015 Aug 13.

Knee arthritis pain is reduced and range of motion is increased following moderate pressure massage therapy.

Author information

1
University of Miami School of Medicine, USA; Fielding Graduate University, USA. Electronic address: tfield@med.miami.edu.
2
University of Miami School of Medicine, USA.
3
Massage Envy, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The literature on massage therapy effects on knee pain suggests that pain was reduced based on self-report, but little is known about range of motion (ROM) effects.

METHODS:

Medical School staff and faculty who had knee arthritis pain were randomly assigned to a moderate pressure massage therapy or a waitlist control group (24 per group). Self-reports included the WOMAC (pain, stiffness and function) and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index. ROM and ROM-related pain were assessed before and after the last sessions.

RESULTS:

The massage group showed an immediate post-massage increase in ROM and a decrease in ROM-associated pain. On the last versus the first day of the study, the massage group showed greater increases in ROM and decreases in ROM-related pain as well as less self-reported pain and sleep disturbances than the waitlist control group.

DISCUSSION:

These data highlight the effectiveness of moderate pressure massage therapy for increasing ROM and lessening ROM-related pain and long-term pain and sleep disturbances.

KEYWORDS:

Knee arthritis pain; Moderate pressure massage

PMID:
26573449
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2015.08.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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