Clinical Study: Massage therapy for the orthopedic patient
This review analyzes the effectiveness of massage therapy for the orthopedic patient. A considerable portion of the population experiences orthopedic problems, and many use massage therapy to treat these problems. A review and analysis of literature on the subject yielded tentative results.
It appears that massage therapy may be effective for orthopedic patients with lower back problems and potentially beneficial for patients with other orthopedic problems. Massage therapy appears to be safe, has high patient satisfaction, and reduces pain and dysfunction.
Link to Study
Dryden T, Baskwill A, Preyde M. Massage therapy for the orthopedic patient: a review. Orthopedic Nursing. 23(5):327-32; quiz 333-4, 2004.