How To Tell Clients You Can Help Their Lower Back Pain

If you're like most Massage Therapists you see the effective results that your work can facilitate when treating clients with lower back pain (LBP).

Your clients often feel a significant reduction in their LBP, in both acute and chronic situations.

"Proving" that your work can actualize these results can be tricky and frustrating because the public and the science-based communities want to see studies backing up your claims.

But there are several client management methods you can successfully use when dealing with these and other similar situations.

Here's one: Although no one study or even group of studies provides definitive proof, certainly not close to the validity that meta-analysis of peer-reviewed studies offers, you can cite controlled studies and qualify what you tell clients.

For example, you can qualify your answer by telling them, "In many cases, massage can help to reduce chronic lower back pain. One particular study I like proved that it can. Although results can never be guaranteed, and vary among clients, the best thing to do is provide you with a few sessions and see how much they can help your situation."  

Here's one straightforward study among many that you can cite:

Results: By the end of the study, the massage therapy group, as compared to the relaxation group, reported experiencing less pain, depression, anxiety, and improved sleep. They also showed improved trunk and pain flexion performance, and their serotonin and dopamine levels were higher.

Conclusions: Massage therapy is effective in reducing pain, stress hormones and symptoms associated with chronic low back pain.

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