back pains

                            Back pains

             When massages are more efficient than medicines


Therapeutics massages would be more efficient than medicines or exercises to relieve from chronic back pains. This is what an American team of researchers concluded following a recent study.1

More than 400 persons (aged of 20 to 65) suffering from chronic back pains with no link to any disease took part in the study. They were randomly assigned to one of the three following care:

  • Stretching structural massage and application of a pressure on fascia.
  • Swedish massage both relaxing and bracing.
  • Classic treatment including medicine against pain and inflation, exercises as well as advice to prevent pains.


All participants of massage therapy groups were given once a week during 10 weeks a 50 to 60 minutes care by a therapist.

According to results, at the end of the study, 62 to 65% participants from both massage therapy groups claimed an improvement on physical condition in comparison with classic treatment whose 38% of participants claimed an improvement. Participants also outlined a bigger reduction of pain and reported to be more active whilst having less recourse to medicines. No difference was noticed between the two massages methods.

These benefits remained for six months after the end of massage sessions. Researchers claimed that after one year however all three methods brought same improvement on a comparable basis.

Authors of this study could not explain exactly how can massage therapy help and is efficient. Massages may relieve physical pains through physiological or nervous effects. It may be possible that relaxing environment, receiving physical and contact massages as well as knowing our body better are also factors to take into account.

According to researchers, massage therapy would be an efficient supplement therapy to existing and usual medicine treatments since they speed up lumbar pains calming down process.

In 2009 an analysis of several studies about similar subjects (massage and back pains) conducted to same results.

What could we conclude?


Massage therapy could be beneficial to patients who suffer from acute lumbar pains (4 to 12 weeks) or from chronic pains (more than 12 weeks). On top of that massages would be more efficient while combined with exercise and educational programs.

1.Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ et al. A comparison of the effects of 2 types of massage and usual care on chronic low back pain: a randomized, controlled trial. Ann Intern Med. 2011 Jul 5;155(1):1-9.

2. Furlan AD, Imamura M et al. Massage for Low Back Pain: An Updated Systematic Review Within the Framework of the Cochrane Back Review Group. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009


For pain management and bones related aches, I advise you to:

  • Regularly practice a moderate and adapted physical activity such as swimming.
  • To adopt an “ancestral” and basifying food.
  • To control your acid-basic balance and if needed to get it corrected.
  • To be given relaxing massages by a professional.
  • Spare your back and adjust your position. For example bend your knees whilst carrying heavy things .

For a quick and efficient relief, I advise you:

Aroma Celte Amplitude Oil: (contains 15% of anti-inflammatory and analgesic essential oils) tested and used by high level athlete. To be applied 2 or 3 times per day on sensitive areas.

Aroma Celte joint pain capsule: 1 to 3 capsules per day