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Aust J Adv Nurs. 1997 Mar-May;14(3):21-6.

Expanding the nursing repertoire: the effect of massage on post-operative pain.

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Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Human Development, Victoria University of Technology.


An equivalent groups design with a treatment group of 19 patients and a control group of 20 patients was used to investigate the impact of massage therapy on patients' perceptions of post-operative pain. Data were analysed using analysis of covariance repeated measures (within subjects) design. Controlling for age, the results indicated that massage produced a significant reduction in patients' perceptions of pain over a 24 hour period. A linear positive relationship emerged between patients' age and the duration of the massage. The study indicates that further investigation of the potential for massage to reduce pain is warranted.

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