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Massage May Ease Pain of Knee Osteoarthritis.

A recent study suggests therapeutic massage may help improve symptoms of knee osteoarthritis (OA). In the study, 222 people with knee OA received weekly hourlong whole-body massage or light-touch treatments for eight weeks or received no extra care besides their usual regimen. The massage and light-touch groups then were randomized to twice-monthly massage or touch treatments or received no additional care for the rest of the 52-week study duration. At eight weeks, massage was associated with significant improvements over light touch and usual care in assessments of pain, stiffness, and physical functioning, but the differences between the groups were not significant at 52 weeks, the study found (Journal of General Internal Medicine, online Dec. 12, 2018). The take-home message: Massage may serve as an effective short-term treatment for knee OA. Check with your doctor before starting massage therapy, seek out a certified massage therapist, and make sure your therapist collaborates with your physician and other health-care providers.

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Title Annotation:NEWS BRIEFS
Publication:Men's Health Advisor
Date:Feb 20, 2019
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