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Massage May Help Knee Osteoarthritis

Posted: December 12, 2006

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Perlman works at the Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Katz is on staff at Yale University's medical school.

"Massage is free of any known side effects and, according to our results, clearly shows therapeutic promise," Katz says in a Yale news release.

Massage Study
The massage study focused on Swedish massage, the most widely available type in the U.S.

Swedish massage uses long strokes, kneading, and tapping techniques to target the muscles closest to the skin.

The study included 68 knee osteoarthritis patients who were at least 35 years old (average age: 66-70).