Hand pain is reduced by massage therapy

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Nov;17(4):226-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2011.02.006. Epub 2011 Mar 15.


Methods: Forty-six adults with hand pain were randomly assigned to a massage therapy or a standard treatment control group. Those assigned to the massage therapy group were massaged by a therapist on the affected hand once a week for a 4-week period and were also taught self-massage on the hand that was to be done by the individual participant once daily.

Results: The massage therapy group versus the control group had less pain and greater grip strength after the first and last sessions, and their anxiety and depressed mood scores decreased more than the control group. Over the four-week period the massage group had a greater decrease in pain and a greater increase in grip strength as well as lower scores on anxiety, depressed mood and sleep disturbance scales.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / etiology
  • Anxiety / therapy*
  • Depression / etiology
  • Depression / therapy*
  • Hand
  • Hand Strength*
  • Humans
  • Massage*
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle Weakness / therapy
  • Musculoskeletal Pain / complications
  • Musculoskeletal Pain / psychology
  • Musculoskeletal Pain / therapy*
  • Self Care
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / etiology
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome