Massage Away!

Ouch, are you suffering from chronic lower back pain? If so, don’t immediately reach for pills.  Shui Spa may offer you some much needed relief with one of our signature massages. According to the American College of Physicians (ACP), low back pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit their physician and accounts for a significant amount of annual health care expenditures in the United States. In The Annals of Internal Medicine, the ACP’s #1 treatment recommendation for acute, sub-acute, and chronic low back pain was massage therapy.
Recommendation 1:

Given that most patients with acute or subacute low back pain improve over time regardless of treatment, clinicians and patients should select nonpharmacologic treatment with superficial heat (moderate-quality evidence), massage, acupuncture, or spinal manipulation (low-quality evidence). If pharmacologic treatment is desired, clinicians and patients should select nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or skeletal muscle relaxants (moderate-quality evidence). (Grade: strong recommendation)

-Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, MHA; Timothy J. Wilt, MD, MPH; Robert M. McLean, MD; Mary Ann Forciea, MD; for the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians (*)

In a 10-week randomized control trial that involved more than 400 participants suffering from lower back pain, patients responded better to massage therapy. More than one in three patients who received either an hour-long relaxation or structural massage said their pain was either “much better or gone” compared to a success rate of only one in twenty-five patients who received treatments involving medication. Overall, patients who benefited from the massages were more active and used less anti-inflammatory medication.

If you’re after relief, you first step should be to consult a physician and then hopefully a professional massage therapist. This non-pharmaceutical treatment is safe and is proven to help you feel better.

Stay healthy everyone and see you at the spa!

SOURCE 1: Annals of Internal Medicine, online February 13, 2017.