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The Effectiveness of Massage Therapy The following report was commissioned by the Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT), and was first published in October 2011. By Dr Kenny CW Ng, MBBS BMedSci DipRM CertIVFitness, Member Australian Association of Massage Therapy, in collaboration with Professor Marc Cohen, School of Health Sciences, RMIT University. A Summary of Evidence-Based Research A growing body of research supports massage therapy as being an evidence-based therapeutic modality, in particular: Managing Anxiety, Stress and Promoting Relaxation Multiple studies provided good evidence supporting the effectiveness of massage therapy in managing anxiety, stress and promoting relaxation. Subacute and Chronic Low Back Pain Seven reviews were in unison, concluding that massage therapy for subacute and chronic low back pain to be more effective than placebo.

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