Efficacy of massage therapy in chronic pain: a pragmatic randomized trial.

@article{Walach2003EfficacyOM,
  title={Efficacy of massage therapy in chronic pain: a pragmatic randomized trial.},
  author={Harold Walach and Corina Guethlin and Miriam Koenig},
  journal={Journal of alternative and complementary medicine},
  year={2003},
  volume={9 6},
  pages={837-46}
}
BACKGROUND Although classic massage is used widely in Germany and elsewhere for treating chronic pain conditions, there are no randomized controlled trials (RCT). DESIGN Pragmatic RCT of classic massage compared to standard medical care (SMC) in chronic pain conditions of back, neck, shoulders, head and limbs. OUTCOME MEASURE Pain rating (nine-point Likert-scale; predefined main outcome criterion) at pretreatment, post-treatment, and 3 month follow-up, as well as pain adjective list… CONTINUE READING

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