Massage therapy has been found to help patients recover from cardiopulmonary artery bypass graft surgery by improving their quality of sleep.


Researchers from Instituto do Coração, Hospital das Clínicas, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil set out to see if massage improved the patients’ recovery.

“Having poor sleep quality is common among patients following cardiopulmonary artery bypass graft surgery,” stated an abstract of the research published on, stress, anxiety and poor sleep quality may be improved by massage therapy.”


Cardiopulmonary artery bypass graft surgery patients were randomized into a massage group or a control group after they were discharged from intensive care, the abstract noted. “The control group and the massage therapy group comprised participants who were subjected to three nights without massage and three nights with massage therapy, respectively.” The patients kept a sleep diary during the study period. Among the results:

• The massage-group participants had fewer complaints of fatigue on both the first and second days.

• The massage-group participants “reported a more effective sleep during all three days when compared with the participants in the control group,” the abstract noted.”

“Massage therapy is an effective technique for improving patient recovery from cardiopulmonary artery bypass graft surgery because it reduces fatigue and improves sleep,” the researchers said.

“Effects of massage therapy on sleep quality after coronary artery bypass graft surgery” is running in the journal Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2010;65(11):1105-10.

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