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Is massage therapy genuinely effective?

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Tags: massage, back pain, manual therapy, treatment, pain problems, spine

Three articles on PainSci cite Oppel 2000: (1) Does Massage Therapy Work?(2) Complete Guide to Low Back Pain(3) Massage Therapy Kinda, Sorta Works for Back Pain

PainSci notes on Oppel 2000:

A strong critical response to Preyde, pointing out serious flaws that negate the seemingly positive results. Some of the same criticisms are also perfectly applicable to the much more influential 2011 trial of massage for back pain by Cherkin et al.

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