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A government funded study conducted in Seattle, Washington by the Group Health Research Institute, involving 401 patients, with chronic back pain who were primarily middle-aged women sought to determine if massage or drug therapy was more effective.

The authors of the review of several massage studies, acknowledge difficulties with research on the effects of massage, including the fact that it’s impossible to “blind” study participants or care providers to whether a person is receiving massage or a comparison treatment.   Nevertheless, they say there is “good evidence to suggest that massage therapy […]

A study conducted at the University of Miami’s Touch Research Institute involving 17  aggressive adolescents were randomly assigned to a massage therapy group or a relaxation therapy group to receive 20-minute therapy sessions, twice a week for five weeks.  The massaged adolescents had lower anxiety after the first and last sessions. By the end of […]