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Timing Is Key to Massage's Benefits for Neck Pain

Massage for Neck Pain

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  • A new study on optimal massage dose for neck pain found the best pain-relief results were obtained by those who received 60-minute massages two or three times a week
  • Compared with the no-massage group, those who got massages three times a week were nearly five times more likely to report a significant improvement in function and more than twice as likely to report a significant decrease in pain
  • The featured study suggests that people who are not finding relief via massage therapy may not be getting the treatment in the proper dose
  • Other variables that impact massage effectiveness include the technique used and the skill level of the massage therapist
  • Massage is just one complementary therapy that may relieve chronic pain naturally – others include improving and correcting your posture, chiropractic adjustments, exercise, and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

By Dr. Mercola

Neck pain is the third most common type of pain in the US, impacting up to 70 percent of people at some point during their lives. While the causes are varied – car accidents, poor posture, and even sleeping in the wrong position – the standard, go-to treatment offered by most physicians is medication, including anti-inflammatory drugs.


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