Excerpt: "The study discovered that 60 minutes of massage, once or twice per week for eight weeks seemed to yield the best results. However, all of the massage protocols were better than the usual medical treatment. The massage groups had significant reductions in pain and increases in some measures of function compared to the usual medical treatment. These improvements persisted in all massage groups for at least eight weeks beyond the massages. For those receiving the 60-minute massages, the benefits were still apparent 16 weeks after completion of the massages.
This study demonstrated that, for osteoarthritis of the knee, a simple, nontoxic procedure is better than the usual medical care. In addition, the lack of side effects makes massage more attractive than the usual medical care. It should be a “first line” therapy."
• Patrick B. Massey, M.D., Ph.D is medical director for complementary and alternative medicine for the Alexian Brothers Health System. His website is www.alt-med.org.
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