Massage therapy for low back pain: a systematic review.

  title={Massage therapy for low back pain: a systematic review.},
  author={Edzard Edzard Ernst},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  volume={17 1},
Massage therapy is frequently employed for low back pain (LBP). The aim of this systematic review was to find the evidence for or against its efficacy in this indication. Four randomized clinical trials were located in which massage was tested as a monotherapy for LBP. All were burdened with major methodological flaws. One of these studies suggests that massage is superior to no treatment. Two trials imply that it is equally effective as spinal manipulation or transcutaneous electrical… CONTINUE READING