Expanding the nursing repertoire: the effect of massage on post-operative pain

Aust J Adv Nurs. Mar-May 1997;14(3):21-6.


An equivalent groups design with a treatment group of 19 patients and a control group of 20 patients was used to investigate the impact of massage therapy on patients' perceptions of post-operative pain. Data were analysed using analysis of covariance repeated measures (within subjects) design. Controlling for age, the results indicated that massage produced a significant reduction in patients' perceptions of pain over a 24 hour period. A linear positive relationship emerged between patients' age and the duration of the massage. The study indicates that further investigation of the potential for massage to reduce pain is warranted.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Clinical Nursing Research
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Massage / nursing*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pain, Postoperative / nursing*
  • Postoperative Care / nursing*