Bunions causing back pain? Try a massage

Study reveals that lower back pain may be significantly relieved with a massage. 

Bunions causing back pain? Try a massage When bunions or hammer toe advance to a stage where the deformity is altering the way a person walks, they may subsequently experience pain in other places, with one common area being the lower back. 

However, a study conducted at the Group Health Research Institute reveals that a soothing massage may be able to alleviate the pain.

"This is important because chronic back pain is among the most common reasons people see doctors and alternative practitioners, including massage therapists," said lead author Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D. "It's also a common cause of disability, absenteeism, and 'presenteeism,' when people are at work but can't perform well."

The participants who experienced benefits received an hour-long massage weekly for a 10-week period.

While this is good news for those who have pain that they wish to treat non-medicinally, massage may only provide temporary relief.

Individuals with back pain caused by bunions may want to solve their problem from the root by investing in bunion splints or orthotics, which may come with the added benefit of allowing the user to avoid costly bunion surgery

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