Massage for low back pain.
02 Feb 2009
Discounted rates for staff at the Sports Injury Clinic.
A review of studies of the use of massage to alleviate low back pain has shown that:
- In two recent studies, massage was superior to an inert therapy (sham treatment) for pain and function on both short and long-term follow-ups.
- In eight studies, massage was similar to exercises, and massage was superior to joint mobilization, relaxation therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture and self-care education.
- The beneficial effects of massage in patients with chronic low-back pain lasted at least one year after the end of the treatment.
The Sports Injury Clinic
The Sports Injury Clinic offers massage by a qualified physiotherapist with a Diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage.
Staff and students at The University of Manchester receive discounted rates for 30 minute sessions.
For more information on what the Sports Injury Clinic offers, please visit the website or call to speak directly to a physiotherapist:
For a full copy of the 170 page review, please contact the physiotherapist. A link to the abstract can be found below: