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Title: The effectiveness of traditional Thai massage versus massage with herbal compress among elderly patients with low back pain: A randomised controlled trial
Authors: Orapin Laosee
Netchanok Sritoomma
Phanida Wamontree
Cheerawit Rattanapan
Chitr Sitthi-Amorn
Chulalongkorn University
Mae Fah Luang University
Mahidol University
Christian University of Thailand
Keywords: Health Professions;Medicine;Nursing
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2020
Citation: Complementary therapies in medicine. Vol.48, (2020), 102253
Abstract: Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness of including an herbal compress in a traditional Thai massage regimen for the care of low back pain in the elderly. DESIGN AND METHODS: This study was a randomised controlled trial. The sample consisted of 140 patients suffering from non-specific chronic low back pain, who were randomly assigned to either the TTM (n = 70) or TMH (n = 70) group. The primary outcome was pain intensity (Visual Analogue Scale), and the secondary outcomes were disability, back performance and quality of life. The outcome measurements were assessed at baseline, 6 weeks and 15 weeks. RESULTS: There were no statistically significant differences in the primary and secondary outcomes between the two study groups (p-value > 0.05). Although improvement was observed for both groups in pain intensity, disability, quality of life, and back performance. CONCLUSIONS: There was no additional benefit of including an herbal compress in a regimen of Thai massage for the care of low back pain in the elderly.
ISSN: 18736963
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2020

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