|Massage is one treatment option for patients with chronic low back pain. In daily routine a combined therapy out of massage, exercise therapy and other physical therapies leads often to pain reduction and improvements in function and quality of life. One problem in evaluating massage for patients with low back pain is the taxonomy of the different massage treatments. Often different kinds of massage are mixed in comparing studies. Another problem is the quality - like design or number of patients - of the included studies. There is a high heterogeneity in interventions (style, quantity and quality of treatment, experience of the masseur), outcome measures and follow-up evaluations. The most severe limitation is that these studies do not really reflect provided treatment in daily routine.
Massage for Patients Suffering from Chronic Low Back Pain, or not?: Karin Pieber