Burn injuries benefit from massage therapy.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

Twenty-eight adult patients with burns were randomly assigned before debridement to either a massage therapy group or a standard treatment control group. State anxiety and cortisol levels decreased, and behavior ratings of state, activity, vocalizations, and anxiety improved after the massage therapy sessions on the first and last days of treatment. Longer-term effects were also significantly better for the massage therapy group including decreases in depression and anger, and decreased pain on the McGill Pain Questionnaire, Present Pain Intensity scale, and Visual Analogue Scale. Although the underlying mechanisms are not known, these data suggest that debridement sessions were less painful after the massage therapy sessions due to a reduction in anxiety, and that the clinical course was probably enhanced as the result of a reduction in pain, anger, and depression.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Field, T; Peck, M; Krugman, S; Tuchel, T; Schanberg, S; Kuhn, C; Burman, I

Published Date

  • January 1, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 241 - 244

PubMed ID

  • 9622469

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0273-8481

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00004630-199805000-00010


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States