Nurse massage cuts chronic pain

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.

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A randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of a single session of nurse administered massage for short term relief of chronic non-malignant pain. Kate Seers, Nicola Crichton, June Martin, Katrina Coulson, Dawn Carroll. BMC Nursing 2008, 7:10 (4 July 2008)