STUDY: “Effect of massage therapy on pain, anxiety, and tension after cardiac surgery: a randomized study”
METHODS: One hundred thirteen postoperative cardiovascular surgery patients — who undergo long procedures and commonly have postoperative back and shoulder pain, anxiety and tension — were randomly selected to receive a massage or to have quiet relaxation time (control) after their procedure. This study aimed to observe the efficacy and feasibility of postoperative massage therapy.
RESULTS: Patients who received massage therapy had significantly decreased pain, anxiety and tension. Patients were highly satisfied with the intervention, and no major barriers to implementing massage therapy were identified.