A new study not only confirms the benefit of using massage treatment for chronic neck pain, but also finds the appropriate dosage in order to effectively treat the common and debilitating condition.
The study randomized 228 patients with chronic neck pain to five different groups receiving various doses of massage for a five-week period. Researchers found that patients who received 30-minute treatments two to three times a week were not significantly better than a wait-listed control group in achieving a clinically meaningful improvement in neck dysfunction or pain. In contrast, patients who received 60-minute treatments two or three times a week showed significant improvement when compared to the control group. Within the group that received a 60 minute massage treatment two to three times a week, the findings showed clinically significant improvement in neck function compared to the control group. Additionally, participants that received treatment three times a week were five times more likely to show clinically meaningful improvement in neck function. The authors of the study concluded that patients who receive massage treatment for chronic neck pain may not be realizing benefits from treatment because they are not receiving an effective treatment dose.
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