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Nurse massage cuts chronic pain

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Nurses can successfully use massage to reduce short-term pain and anxiety in patients with chronic, non-malignant pain, according to UK nursing research.

In a study of 101 patients with moderate-to-severe pain, those who received a 15-minute head, neck and shoulder massage from a nurse reported significantly less pain and anxiety than those in a control group – both immediately after and one hour post-treatment.

‘Nurses are well placed to be trained in and to deliver massage. It could be a useful addition to techniques offered to patients as part of their care,’ said the authors from the RCN Research Institute at Warwick University.

BMC Nursing (2008) 7: 10

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