Meta-Analysis of Massage Therapy on Cancer Pain

Lee, S.-H., Kim, J.-Y., Yeo, S., Kim, S.-H., & Lim, S. (2015). Meta-Analysis of Massage Therapy on Cancer Pain. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 14(4), 297–304.

This systematic review and meta-analysis evaluates the effect of massage therapy on patients with cancer pain. 12 studies, encompassing 559 participants, are included in the review. Interventions in the included studies were: body massage (7 studies), foot reflexology (4 studies), and aroma massage (2 studies). Of the 12 included studies, 9 were randomized controlled trials, and 3 were nonrandomized case control trials. Findings indicate that massage therapy effectively reduced cancer pain compared with no massage therapy or usual care only. Massage therapy for cancer pain was most effective for surgery-related pain, and foot reflexology was more effective than body or aroma massage.

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