Posted by The Hockey News on Friday, September 17, 2018 | 12:15:39A new study has found that while massage therapy can help with chronic pain, it may not be the most effective treatment for some people with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and other chronic conditions.
“The results of the study show that massage therapy may be a viable treatment option for some of the symptoms associated with fibro-neurological diseases and other conditions such as MS and other neuromuscular conditions, but it is not a proven therapy for other chronic pain conditions,” Dr. Eric Kuehn, an associate professor of medicine and director of the Mater Health Institute at the University of New Hampshire, said in a statement.
Kuehn and colleagues looked at more than 5,000 people who had MS, fibromyalgias and other musculoskeletal conditions, and their massage-related pain and symptoms, including fatigue, anxiety and depression.
“While there are many different approaches for treating musculo-skeletal pain, there are some common themes in all of these conditions,” Kuehns study authors wrote.
“Musculo and spinal cord injuries are the most common types of pain that occur in the musculature and spinal cords of the musculated body.
Pain associated with these injuries often leads to chronic fatigue, fatigue, depression and other psychological disorders.”
The study found that some people may benefit from massage therapy, but that others are more likely to be discouraged.
“Our results suggest that for some musculopathology conditions, massage therapy is not the most appropriate treatment option,” the study authors said.
“In other conditions, the therapeutic value of massage therapy was not significant.”
Kuehners team found that massage can help relieve symptoms of fatigue, stress and anxiety, but the study also found that the benefits may be less than if people simply took a painkiller.
“This suggests that there may be other treatments that are more effective than massage,” Koehn said.
“Many people may find that massage helps alleviate symptoms of the pain that is the primary symptom of these disorders.
For example, some people who have fibromyritis may find it helpful to use massage to reduce pain, which may help to relieve symptoms.”
While massage may not help with MS, fatigue and other pain, Kuehenn’s team found it can help alleviate the symptoms of chronic fatigue and anxiety.
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