The answer isn't black and white, says a massage therapist at the University of Alberta. "The problem is it can be subjective and difficult to measure," said Deborah McIntyre, a member of the massage therapy team based at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic. Massage has a mix of benefits for both mind and body, depending on the varying needs of the client, she said.
Back pain is a common reason for absence from work and for seeking medical treatment. It can be uncomfortable and debilitating.
Opioids are also very often prescribed for chronic pain. But there's another, often more effective way to address your pain, if you're willing to do a little work. And that is spine physical therapy.