Feasibility and effect of chair massage offered to nurses during work hours on stress-related symptoms: A pilot study

Deborah J. Engen, Dietlind L. Wahner-Roedler, Ann Vincent, Tony Y. Chon, Stephen S. Cha, Connie A. Luedtke, Laura L. Loehrer, Liza J. Dion, Nancy J. Rodgers, Brent A. Bauer

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Abstract

This study assessed feasibility and effect of weekly, 15-min chair massages during work for 38 nurses. Mean Perceived Stress Scale-14 (PSS-14), Smith Anxiety Scale (SAS), linear analog self-assessment scale (LASA), and symptom visual analog scale (SX-VAS) scores were tracked at baseline, 5 weeks, and 10 weeks. Of 400 available massage appointments, 329 were used. At 10 weeks, mean PSS-14 score decreased from 17.85 to 14.92 (P = 002); mean SAS score, from 49.45 to 40.95 (P <. 001). Mean LASA score increased from 42.39 to 44.84 (P = 006); mean SX-VAS score, from 65.03 to 74.47 (P <. 001). Massages for nurses during work hours reduced stress-related symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)212-215
Number of pages4
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2012

Keywords

  • LASA
  • Massage
  • Nurses
  • PSS-14
  • Relaxation
  • SAS
  • SX-VAS
  • Work stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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