The benefits included significant reduction in pain, less swelling, increased flexibility, less stiffness and faster time in walking fifty feet on a level surface. These benefits applied to patients with osteoarthritis in the knee and also to those recovering from knee replacement surgery.
The benefits were measured at the end of 8 weeks of Massage Therapy treatments and again at 2 months, ( approximately 9 weeks) and lastly at 4 months. The benefits continued but diminished. Researchers concluded that periodic maintenance treatments of Massage Therapy would seem to extend the benefits.
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