- exercise therapy
- exercise + massage
- status quo (maintaining course of medical treatment/lifestyle)?
As a person who focuses on exercise of many kinds, I chose the third option (exercise plus massage). I figured the biggest gains were from exercise and the massage probably helped with recovery.
The answer is correct, but the emphasis may be more on the massage side than the exercise component.
Full study details can be found at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23828184
Last fall, I started having regular massage therapy sessions. It has made a measurable difference in my ability to move freely. Several nagging back issues (likely caused by my funky gait) have resolved. The literature is filled with positive outcomes from massage.
I urge you to do the research and find a good masseuse. I have locked onto a Chinese massage therapist who needs little to no English to understand my every physical limitation and pain.
Rub it out!!