Value of massage therapy for patients in a breast clinic

Sandhya Pruthi, Amy C Degnim, Brent A Bauer, Robert W. DePompolo, Veena Nayar

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Abstract

This article examines interest in massage therapy and other forms of complementary and alternative medicine among patients with breast disease. Surveys were mailed to 63 patients who had a breast abnormality or a recent diagnosis of breast cancer and received complimentary massage therapy at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, from February to April 2005. Thirty-five patients responded (56% response rate). All participants felt that massage therapy was effective in helping them relax, and 34 felt that it was very or somewhat effective in reducing muscle tension. More than 75% reported that massage therapy was effective in reducing fatigue, creating a general feeling of wellness, and improving sleep quality and their ability to think clearly. Although this study was small, the findings show that massage therapy may help patients with breast disease relax and feel better overall.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)422-425
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Massage
Breast
Breast Diseases
Complementary Therapies
Muscle Tonus
Aptitude
Fatigue
Sleep
Emotions
Breast Neoplasms

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  • Oncology(nursing)
  • Oncology

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Value of massage therapy for patients in a breast clinic. / Pruthi, Sandhya; Degnim, Amy C; Bauer, Brent A; DePompolo, Robert W.; Nayar, Veena.

In: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2009, p. 422-425.

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