New research shows women with endometriosis and painful menstruation, also known as dysmenorrhea, experienced a significant reduction in the severity of pain after receiving 20 sessions of massage therapy.

The study, “The effects of massage therapy on dysmenorrhea caused by endometriosis,” involved 23 women diagnosed with endometriosis and suffering from dysmenorrhea.

For each participant, the intervention consisted of 20 massage sessions, which lasted 20 minutes each time.

“The findings show that there’s a significant change in the level of pain immediately after the intervention [as compared to] before the intervention, while the effects of massage increase six weeks after the intervention,” state the study’s authors.

A complete research report about this study will run in the September issue of MASSAGE Magazine.

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