Massage for Knee Osteoarthritis and Knee Pain
Have your Knees been Achy with Cold Weather?
Do you have Increased Knee Pain from Skiing, Hiking or Snowshoeing?
Study Determines Optimal Dose of Massage Therapy for Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Research supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) showed that 60-minute sessions of Swedish massage therapy delivered once a week for pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee significantly reduced pain and was both optimal and practical, establishing a standard for use in future research. Each massage therapy session followed a specific protocol, including the nature of massage strokes. This is the latest published research study indicating the benefits of massage therapy for those with osteoarthritis of the knee.
•The study involved a total group of 125 subjects, with 25 receiving the 60-minute massage over 8 weeks, while others received less massage or usual care without massage.
•Previous studies on massage for the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee showed similar results, but were on a more limited number of subjects.
Perlman A, Ali A, Njike VY, et al. Massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized dose-finding trial. PLoS One. 2012; 7(2):e30248.
To learn more about how we can help with your knee pain, please review our page on Massage Therapy for Knee Pain.