In new research, massage therapy was found to reduce both short- and long-term pain and anxiety among cancer patients with metastatic bone pain.

“This study demonstrated that a single session of full-body massage decreased pain intensity across time,” said the study’s authors. “Massage was shown to have immediate, short-term (10-20 or 30 minutes), intermediate (1-2.5 hours) and even long-term (16-18 hours) effects on decreasing PPI and anxiety. Clinically, the time effects of massage therapy can assist health-care providers in implementing massage therapy, along with pharmacological treatment, thereby enhancing cancer pain management.”

A full Research Report on this study will run in the March print edition of MASSAGE Magazine.