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Massage May Help Knee Osteoarthritis

Posted: December 12, 2006

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Most were white women. All lived in northern New Jersey and had X-rays confirming a knee osteoarthritis diagnosis.

First, patients rated their knee pain, stiffness, and function. Then, they were split into two similar groups.

For a month, patients in one group got two weekly Swedish massages, followed by a month of weekly Swedish massages. Each massage lasted an hour.

For comparison, patients in the other group waited two months before getting the same massage treatment.

After eight weeks of massage, patients reported less knee pain and stiffness and better knee function.