Massage therapy versus traditional therapy for low back pain relief: implications for holistic nursing practice

Holist Nurs Pract. May-Jun 2005;19(3):116-21. doi: 10.1097/00004650-200505000-00007.


This study explored whether there is a significant difference in perceived low back pain relief between patients receiving massage versus traditional therapy, using a 2-variable by 3-variable fully crossed, factorial, comparative research design. Statistical results showed slightly more efficacy for traditional therapy; however, the additional benefits of massage add to its value for holistic nursing practice.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Female
  • Holistic Nursing* / methods
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain / nursing*
  • Low Back Pain / rehabilitation*
  • Massage* / methods
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome