We are delighted to share this new post of Thursday’s Food for Thought – a comprehensive review of the published scientific literature.
Introducing: Using pressure massage for Achilles tendinopathy: a single-blind, randomized controlled trial comparing a novel treatment versus an eccentric exercise protocol.
What is the article about: progressive loading has growing evidence that supports its effectiveness with tendon injuries. But how does adding massage or massage alone compare to this?
What are the results of the study: overall, combining the treatments did not bring added benefits. And both approaches were similarly valid with symptoms reduction. It is important to note that the exercise protocol consisted of 1 session with a physiotherapist + home exercises, while 18 massage sessions were provided when results were compared.
Why does it matter: it can be argued that 1 session of exercises and education is as effective as 18 sessions of massage, for long-term outcomes.
What is the take-home message: massage still has its place, especially when patients report an increase of pain with exercises. But in the end, educating the patient about self-management and find an appropriate progressive loading program seems more cost-effective.
Stay tuned and see you next time for an all-new Thursday’s Food for Thought!
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