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||Nelson, N. L., & Churilla, J. R. (2017). Massage therapy for pain and function in patients with arthritis: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(9), 665-672.
||Alternative medicine, arthritis, functional limitation, literature reviews, mobility, outcomes, pain, therapy
||This literature review critically appraised and synthesized the current evidence regarding the effects of massage therapy as a stand-alone treatment on pain and functional outcomes among people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. Google Scholar, MEDLINE, and PEDro electronic databases were searched for relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The PEDro scale was used to assess risk of bias, and the quality of evidence was assessed with the GRADE approach. Seven RCTs with 352 participants satisfied the inclusion criteria. Risk of bias ranged from four to seven. Findings showed low- to moderate-quality evidence that massage therapy is superior to nonactive therapies in reducing pain and improving certain functional outcomes. It is unclear whether massage therapy is more effective than other forms of treatment. There is a need for large, methodologically rigorous randomized controlled trials investigating the effectiveness of massage therapy as an intervention for individuals with arthritis.
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