A recent study compared manual lymph drainage therapy (MLDT) to connective tissue massage (CTM) for the alleviation of symptoms associated with primary fibromyalgia. Results revealed both techniques brought benefits, but MLDT was slightly more effective among this study’s subjects.
The research, “Comparison of Manual Lymph Drainage Therapy and Connective Tissue Massage in Women with Fibromyalgia: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” involved 50 women with primary fibromyalgia. Twenty-five were randomly assigned to receive MLDT, while the other 25 were randomly assigned to receive CTM.
A full report on this research will run in the September issue of MASSAGE Magazine.

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