Even one session of massage therapy is effective for short-term relief from chronic pain of moderate to severe intensity, according to new research.

The study’s purpose was to determine if a single session of nurse-administered massage for relief of chronic non-malignant pain and anxiety was effective. The research was reported on in a recent issue of BMC Nursing.

A randomized controlled trial design was used, in which 101 patients were assigned to a massage or control group. The massage group received a 15-minute manual massage and the control group a 15-minute visit to talk about their pain.
Patients in the massage group, but not the control group, had significantly less pain compared to baseline immediately after and one hour post treatment. Patients in the massage group, but not the control group, also had statistically significantly less anxiety compared to baseline immediately after and at one and two hours post treatment.

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