A controlled study has proven that massage is an effective treatment for patients with chronic pain. In the study involving 101 patients, those that received massage had significantly less pain both after the treatment and one hour following the treatment. Patients who received massage also had reduced levels of anxiety and reported feeling calmer.
These results prove the massage is a very useful treatment in helping to manage pain.
Seers et al 2008, A randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of a single session of nurse administered massage for short term relief of chronic non-malignant pain, BMC Nursing.