Pain and swelling of the legs can be relieved with self-massage, new research shows.

South Korean researches at the Department of Nursing, Inje University, recruited 81 nurses who learned a self-massage protocol created by the researchers. The nurses massaged their own legs 15 times during three weeks.

The level of lower extremity edema was measured by ankle and calf circumference, and the pain scores were measured by using a subjective numbering rating scale.

There was a statistically significant difference in lower extremity edema and pain in nurses after their shift and self leg massage.

“Therefore, it is proposed that standardized self leg massage should be applied as a method for nurses’ lower extremity edema and pain,” the researcher noted.

Click here for the abstract.