Arthritis and back pain are two conditions that frequently motivate people to seek out massage therapy.

People with chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory disease often also experience chronic musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain and arthritis, due in part to restrictions on their activity level, new research shows.

In the study, researchers found that while chronic musculoskeletal conditions are not always considered priorities in chronic disease prevention, they account for a substantial proportion of activity restrictions seen in people with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory disease.

“Musculoskeletal comorbidities in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory disease: the impact on activity limitations; a representative population-based study” ran in BMC Public Health.

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