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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2012 Nov;18(4):212-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2012.06.002. Epub 2012 Jul 17.

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

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  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.

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.

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