Relieve Lower Back Pain
Up to 80 percent of U.S. adults experience lower back pain — but that number could be significantly reduced if they gave massage a try. Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 found that a weekly massage for 10 weeks relieved patients' lower back pain and improved functioning at least as effectively as medication and exercise. The upside is that massage has no side effects, unlike meds. Massage also didn't lead to more pain, which can sometimes happen when you try to exercise back problems? away. Plus, the effects lasted three months after the study ended.