Evidence-Based Practice

Effect of Massage Therapy for Postsurgical Mastectomy Recipients

Nancy L. Drackley

Amy C. Degnim

James W. Jakub

Susanne M. Cutshall

Barbara S. Thomley

Julie K. Brodt

Laura K. VanderLei

Jane K. Case

Lisa D. Bungum

Stephen S. Cha

Brent A. Bauer

Judy C. Boughey

complementary therapies, alternative therapies, breast neoplasms
CJON 2012, 16(2), 121-124. DOI: 10.1188/12.CJON.121-124

This quality improvement pilot study evaluated the effect of massage therapy on pain, anxiety, and overall well-being in women who received mastectomies at a busy hospital practice. Participants reported a significant reduction in pain, stress, and muscle tension, as well as an increase in relaxation. Oncology nurses should consider the feasibility of massage therapy as a valuable nonpharmcologic pain management strategy.

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