Does massage work for chronic pain?

I'm looking at alternatives to narcotics for pain relief. I'm asking about each alternative therapy for pain, to learn more about the options. What about massage? Is it a real option for treating chronic pain?

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The relief from chronic pain depends a lot on the level of pain experienced. For someone just beginning to deal with chronic pain, yes it will offer temporary relief as does acupuncture. However, with long term (lifetime) chronic pain which progresses as you get older, no it doesn't work.

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answered 08 Jun '12, 12:30

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Massage is expensive and may only offer temporary relief from pain. As an alternative to painkillers, massage may not be all that different in terms of creating dependencies. Initial treatments may help relieve pain for days at a time, but chances are that you will become dependent on the physical readjustments associated with massage. Your body will eventually demand treatment everyday, if not multiple times a day, in order to live pain-free.

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