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Research News: Thai Massage and Lower Back Pain

07 Jul 2017

With our continuing education class on Thai Massage beginning July 22nd, an article in the latest issue of the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork caught our attention. The title, “The Effectiveness of Thai Massage and Joint Mobilization” makes this a very timely publication. Participants in the study received either Thai massage or commonly-used joint mobilization, and the effectiveness of each was assessed and the results of two methods were compared.

The conclusion is that both methods are safe and effective for chronic nonspecific lower back pain. For us, this is significant because back pain is a major reason people seek out therapeutic massage.

Of course, as a massage school here in Minneapolis that provides instruction in Thai massage as one of our student elective courses as well as a continuing education class for professional bodyworkers, we’re already convinced of its effectiveness. Earlier this year we published a blog post discussing other research in the use of Thai massage for pain management. That particular study involved scapular pain. But scientific studies like these reinforce that belief as well as provide us with a talking point for our clients and health care professionals.

(Click here to read the research summary in the IJTMB.)


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