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Massage therapy helps against physical and psychological pain


Some therapies should be supplemented with massages in the future
Most people find it extremely pleasant to be massaged. This mechanical influence on the skin, the connective tissue and the muscles affects the entire body and also our mind. Researchers have now found that massages can also be used as an effective pain relief therapy. Thus, in the future, the conventional standard treatments should perhaps be supplemented with massages in some places.

Massages are very popular for relieving physical tension and contributing to the general relaxation of the human mind. Scientists from the Samueli Institute (USA) have now determined that massages can also be used to relieve pain. So massages could be an option or supplement to acupuncture and physical therapy. The doctors published a comprehensive report on their study in the "Pain Medizine" journal.

Physical pain also affects our minds
Massage should be considered as a serious option for treating musculoskeletal pain, says Dr. Wayne Jonas. We can't say that massages are more effective than other types of therapy, but massages definitely have several health benefits, adds the Samueli Institute expert. When people suffer from pain, they usually see a doctor. However, pain can also have other effects on our body that may not be easy to treat by visiting a doctor. Sometimes physical pain also affects us socially, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, the scientists explain. Massage of our soft tissue can relieve pain, and some medical professionals are convinced that the relaxation and relaxation through massages also serve other aspects of health.

Study analyzes 60 high quality older studies
For their new study, the researchers analyzed the data from various medical studies. This included 60 high quality studies and seven less qualitative studies, the authors explain. All of the studies were conducted between 1999 and 2013. The experts tested whether massages are suitable for the treatment of muscle and bone pain, headache, deep internal pain, chronic pain such as fibromyalgia and back pain.

A total of 245 people with muscle and bone pain were examined in three of four studies. Compared to no therapy, massages had a very large effect on the pain. Thus, those affected can be advised to carry out massage therapy in any case, if they do not receive any other therapy, the researchers add.

Massage therapy avoids risk of dependence on opiates
Massages can help relieve both anxiety and pain in pain patients, explains Dr. Jonas. With regard to the widespread dependence on opiates in the United States, massage therapy is a refreshing and low-risk option, the doctor adds. Such massage therapies will of course not eliminate the need for medication to treat pain. But they should be viewed as a complementary routine treatment and not just as an alternative, the authors explain.

So far, there have been no studies comparing massages with the effectiveness of drug treatments, explains Dr. The research team therefore made a number of recommendations for future research into the effects of massage therapy. These could potentially lead to new guidelines for the use of medication in pain management. This includes, for example, the standardization of complementary treatments through massages, the scientists explain. (as)

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