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Study: Back massage is more than a luxury, it's a work necessity

If you are reading this, then you are probably sitting down, staring at a computer. Perhaps you are still at work, sitting in your dusty cubicle. That's the work situation for many in Maryland and throughout the country.

Sitting might sound like a simple task, but when one sits at a computer all day, workplace injuries are not uncommon. Those who work at construction or industrial sites are not the only ones whose health is put in danger by their work. A recent study reported on by The Washington Times addresses that reality.

According to the report, among the various fields of work in the U.S., workers of all kinds often suffer from back pain and/or injury. Research shows that back-related injuries sustained at work account for a significant amount of missed work or lower performance on the job. And what may seem like a mere dull back pain today commonly turns into a job-affecting disability down the road.

A doctor behind the recent back injury study suggests a luxurious yet simple-sounding solution to this problem that could help keep employees healthy. Though a back massage might sound like an inadequate treatment, the study showed measured improvement in back pain for workers who sought weekly massages.

The Washington Times indicates that workers' insurance most likely covers more intensive massage therapy rather than a relaxation massage. Both types of treatment proved effective in pain relief for workers, more effective than medication. Of course, certain work-related back conditions will need more treatment than mere massage.

This study at least provides employees suffering from back pain a completely legit reason to enjoy a massage on a regular basis.


The Washington Times: "New study shows massage improves low back pain," Adam Helfer, 17 Jul. 2011

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