Effect of massage therapy on pain, anxiety, relaxation, and tension after colorectal surgery: A randomized study

Nikol E. Dreyer, Susanne M. Cutshall, Marianne Huebner, Diane M. Foss, Jenna K. Lovely, Brent A Bauer, Robert R. Cima

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Abstract

The purpose of this randomized controlled trial was to evaluate the effect of postoperative massage in patients undergoing abdominal colorectal surgery. One hundred twenty-seven patients were randomized to receive a 20-min massage (n = 61) or social visit and relaxation session (no massage; n = 66) on postoperative days 2 and 3. Vital signs and psychological well-being (pain, tension, anxiety, satisfaction with care, relaxation) were assessed before and after each intervention. The study results indicated that postoperative massage significantly improved the patients' perception of pain, tension, and anxiety, but overall satisfaction was unchanged. In conclusion, massage may be beneficial during postoperative recovery for patients undergoing abdominal colorectal surgery. Further studies are warranted to optimize timing and duration and to determine other benefits in this clinical setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-159
Number of pages6
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

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Colorectal Surgery
Massage
Anxiety
Pain
Pain Perception
Vital Signs
Randomized Controlled Trials
Psychology

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Complementary therapies
  • Integrative medicine
  • Massage
  • Pain
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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Effect of massage therapy on pain, anxiety, relaxation, and tension after colorectal surgery : A randomized study. / Dreyer, Nikol E.; Cutshall, Susanne M.; Huebner, Marianne; Foss, Diane M.; Lovely, Jenna K.; Bauer, Brent A; Cima, Robert R.

In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, Vol. 21, No. 3, 01.08.2015, p. 154-159.

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Dreyer, Nikol E. ; Cutshall, Susanne M. ; Huebner, Marianne ; Foss, Diane M. ; Lovely, Jenna K. ; Bauer, Brent A ; Cima, Robert R. / Effect of massage therapy on pain, anxiety, relaxation, and tension after colorectal surgery : A randomized study. In: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2015 ; Vol. 21, No. 3. pp. 154-159.
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