The efficacy of traditional Thai massage for the treatment of chronic pain: A systematic review.
- 1Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kean University, Thailand.
- 2Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.
- 3Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Associated Medical Sciences, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand.
- 4Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kean University, Thailand. Electronic address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RATIONAL AND BACKGROUND:
Traditional Thai massage (TTM) is an alternative medicine treatment used for pain relief. The purpose of this paper is to provide a systematic review of the research about the effects of TTM on pain intensity and other important outcomes in individuals with chronic pain.
We performed a systematic review of the controlled trials of the effects of TTM, using the keywords “Traditional Thai massage” or “Thai massage” with the keyword “Chronic pain.”
Six research articles met the inclusion criteria. All of the studies found a pre- to post-treatment pain reductions, varying from 25% to 80% and was also associated with improvements in disability, perceived muscle tension, flexibility and anxiety.
The TTM benefits of pain reduction appear to maintain for up to 15 weeks. Additional research is needed to identify the moderators, mediators and to determine the long-term benefits of TTM relative to control conditions.
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Chronic pain; Thai massage; Traditional Thai massage
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