New research shows massage therapy increases neck ranges of motion and massage’s effectiveness is comparable to the effectiveness of rehabilitation based only on physical therapy and kinesiotherapy.

The study involved 60 patients aged 37-82 years treated for neck pain at the Rehabilitation Department of Zamo?? University of Management and Administration, according to an abstract published on Thirty patients received kinesiotherapy and physiotherapy, and 30 patients received therapeutic massage.

“Patients who had received massage demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in the range of flexion, lateral bend to the right and lateral bend to the left,” the abstract noted.

The research was conducted by investigators at the Rehabilitation Department, University of Management and Administration in Zamo??, Poland and the Department of Physiotherapy, University of Management and Administration in Zamo??, Poland. The research ran in the journal Ortop Traumatol Rehabil.