Research Supports Massage for Neck Pain

Research Supports Massage for Neck Pain

Research Supports Massage for Neck Pain

Does research support massage therapy for neck pain?

Neck pain is a leading cause of disability that affects workers all over the world.

A study involving over 600 adults with subacute or persistent neck pain compared the effectiveness of 3 active therapies: deep tissue massage, supervised strengthening and stretching exercises, and a combined therapy consisting of exercise followed by massage, with advice to stay active as a control group.

The study showed that massage alone or with exercises was more effective in the short term than advice to reach a clinically meaningful improvement in pain intensity, and that massage and exercise alone were more effective in the mid-term.

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