Massage After Surgery To Help Treat Post-Operative Pain

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 28, 2003
Last Update Posted : April 7, 2015
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
VA Office of Research and Development ( US Department of Veterans Affairs )

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Postoperative Pain Procedure: massage treatment Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 300 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Acute Post-Operative Pain Management Using Massage As Adjuvant Therapy
Study Start Date : February 2003
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2005

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Arm 1 Procedure: massage treatment

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

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Anxiety, activity levels, function

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
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 (NCT number): NCT00057148

United States, Michigan
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48105
Sponsors and Collaborators
US Department of Veterans Affairs
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

Responsible Party: US Department of Veterans Affairs Identifier: NCT00057148     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IIR 01-197
First Posted: March 28, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 7, 2015
Last Verified: March 2006

Keywords provided by VA Office of Research and Development ( US Department of Veterans Affairs ):
massage therapy
pain management
complementary therapy

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