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alternative therapy, massage therapy, Oswestry Disability Index, traditional therapy



  1. Melancon, Bryan MSN, FNP
  2. Miller, Lucy H. PhD, RN


This study explored whether there is a significant difference in perceived low back pain relief between patients receiving massage versus traditional therapy, using a 2-variable by 3-variable fully crossed, factorial, comparative research design. Statistical results showed slightly more efficacy for traditional therapy; however, the additional benefits of massage add to its value for holistic nursing practice.