Chattanooga Chronic Pain Reduction Massage

Chronic pain is a challenging problem affecting 75 to 85 million people in the U.S., with 50 million being partially or totally disabled.1Comorbidity with depression and the influence of psychosocial factors2 make chronic pain a particularly difficult problem for conventional medicine. An estimated 20% of those affected seek help through complementary and alternative medicine.3

There is growing evidence supporting the efficacy of mind-body therapies for chronic pain. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is an intervention that may be effective in reducing pain and emotional distress, and improving function in patients with chronic pain.4–7 However, as there have been few randomized controlled studies, the true value of this therapy remains uncertain.8 Evidence for the effectiveness of massage in chronic musculoskeletal pain is growing,9 as 3 randomized trials10–12 have shown positive effects of massage on pain and functional status.

The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of evaluating MBSR and massage for the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain and to estimate treatment effects in a challenging patient population.