Treatments like acupuncture and massage are used to treat some conditions like osteoarthritis and joint pain.
But what about other conditions that require massage to be effective?
In an effort to understand how massage works, a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the University at Buffalo Medical Center looked at the effects of massage on a variety of common conditions.
“The researchers found that massage was associated with an improvement in the patient’s pain, and a reduction in the incidence of secondary infections,” said Dr. Christopher S. Golladay, MD, lead author of the study.
“The authors also found that these benefits were associated with changes in inflammatory and immunological processes in the body.”
In other words, the research suggests that massage may help improve the health of the body and may even lead to a reduction of infection.
The researchers compared the results of 11 massage treatments that they examined with those of nine other treatments, including acupuncture, massage and a combination of the two.
The results showed that the massage group saw significant improvements in pain and inflammation.
“It was interesting to see that the treatment with acupuncture, with the massage and with massage alone, had the greatest benefit,” Dr. Gossay said.
“These are two of the most common massage techniques, so it’s not surprising that they were associated.”
The team was also interested in how massage affects a patient’s ability to function in the workplace.
The research team, which included researchers from UC San Diego, New York University and the National Institutes of Health, conducted a meta-analysis of all the studies that they could find on the effectiveness of massage.
The analysis included all studies that compared massage treatments with no treatment, with one treatment and two treatments, and with one control group.
Dr. Grossaday said that while the meta-analyses are only an indication of what is actually happening, they are an indication that there is evidence of benefit from massage.
“This is an important finding, because we know massage can be a powerful tool to reduce pain, but we don’t know exactly what it does to the body,” he said.
The meta-analytics looked at massage treatments administered in a wide range of situations, including the physical, psychological and social aspects of massage, such as the treatment of stress, the therapeutic use of massage and the massage treatment of other health conditions.
They also looked at all the massage treatments, both from the same study and in different studies, and their results were analyzed.
“One of the goals of the meta is to look at all possible combinations of treatments and see if they’re more effective than the standard treatment,” Dr Gossaday said.
“We found that, in fact, massage has a synergistic effect that’s more effective at reducing pain and reducing inflammation than other treatments.”
I think this is a great example of a treatment that can improve the function of the human body, but also lead to significant benefits to the health and well-being of the individual,” he added.
The study was published in the journal Pain Medicine.