Effect of massage therapy for postsurgical mastectomy recipients.

  title={Effect of massage therapy for postsurgical mastectomy recipients.},
  author={Nancy L Drackley and Amy C Degnim and James W Jakub and Susanne M. Cutshall and Barbara S. Thomley and Julie K Brodt and Laura K Vanderlei and Jane K. Case and Lisa D Bungum and Stephen S. Cha and Brent A. Bauer and Judy C. Boughey},
  journal={Clinical journal of oncology nursing},
  volume={16 2},
This quality improvement pilot study evaluated the effect of massage therapy on pain, anxiety, and overall well-being in women who received mastectomies at a busy hospital practice. Participants reported a significant reduction in pain, stress, and muscle tension, as well as an increase in relaxation. Oncology nurses should consider the feasibility of massage therapy as a valuable nonpharmcologic pain management strategy. 
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