Massage may offer long-lasting benefits in individuals with subacute or chronic nonspecific low back pain, according to research published in the July 15 issue of Spine.

…”Massage is beneficial for patients with subacute and chronic nonspecific low back pain in terms of improving symptoms and function. Massage therapy is costly, but it may save money in health care provider visits, pain medications, and costs of back care services. The effects of massage are improved if combined with exercise and education. The beneficial effects of massage in patients with chronic low back pain are long lasting (at least one year after end of sessions),” the authors conclude.

HealthDay News, Toronto,  Jul 24