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Massage After Surgery To Help Treat Post-Operative Pain

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development Identifier:
First received: March 27, 2003
Last updated: April 6, 2015
Last verified: March 2006
Postoperative pain is often undertreated. Although studies have demonstrated that many patients experience a substantial degree of unrelieved pain following operative procedures and that this pain can increase the incidence of serious complications, the management of discomfort continues to be suboptimal. Narcotic analgesia is the mainstay of acute postoperative pain management but patient, clinician, and institutional barriers often limit the effectiveness of drug treatment. Furthermore, pharmacologic interventions alone may not address all the factors involved in the conscious experience of pain. Massage is a complementary or adjunctive medical technique that has been used for thousands of years. Yet there is scant research related to the use of massage therapy in postoperative pain management. Used in tandem with pharmacologic treatments, massage may have the potential to substantially improve acute pain relief.

Condition Intervention
Postoperative Pain
Procedure: massage treatment

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Acute Post-Operative Pain Management Using Massage As Adjuvant Therapy

Further study details as provided by VA Office of Research and Development:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Post-operative pain intensity and pain unpleasantness over 5 days post-surgery

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Anxiety, activity levels, function

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: February 2003
Study Completion Date: June 2005
Arms Assigned Interventions
Arm 1 Procedure: massage treatment

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

Veterans undergoing major surgery with an incision that is greater than or equal to 8 cm in length

Exclusion Criteria:

Blindness, rash or skin lesions on the back, unable to read, florid psychosis

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00057148

United States, Michigan
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48105
Sponsors and Collaborators
VA Office of Research and Development
Principal Investigator: Daniel B. Hinshaw, MD VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI
Principal Investigator: Dolores F. Cikrit, MD Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
  More Information

Responsible Party: VA Office of Research and Development Identifier: NCT00057148     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IIR 01-197
Study First Received: March 27, 2003
Last Updated: April 6, 2015

Keywords provided by VA Office of Research and Development:
massage therapy
pain management
complementary therapy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pain, Postoperative
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Postoperative Complications
Pathologic Processes
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