If you have low back pain likely the first thing doctors will do is prescribe over the counter medications, especially Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS)(1). However, the actual scientific evidence shows that these are not safe or effective, and that you would be much better off getting a massage.
In the one clinical trial that directly compared massage and anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) for back pain, massage gave the far superior results. If we compare the scientific evidence for each alone we find that:
- massage is very safe and supported by reasonable clinical trial results, whereas
- NSAIDS have performed poorly in clinical trials and have a horrendous record of causing serious side effects and death.
So you are properly informed about your back pain options we will:
- show you the trial where NSAIDS and massage went head to head
- summarise the safety and effectiveness of massage
- summarise the safety and effectiveness of NSAIDS
You will clearly see that the medical guidelines recommending that doctors prescribe NSAIDS are written for the benefit of the drug companies rather than for the public. One of the arguments they make for taking their drugs rather than having safe effective massages is the expense and availability of professional massage therapists. However, we’ll show you effective self massage options that are convenient with no ongoing cost.