Chair massage for patients and carers: A pilot service in an outpatient setting of a cancer care hospital

Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Rehabilitation Unit, Wilmslow, Manchester M20 4BX, UK.
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 05/2008; 14(2):136-42. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2007.11.003
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To gather patient and carer evaluations of a 20 min chair massage treatment provided one afternoon a week in an outpatient waiting area.
Information gathered over a year included documented evaluation of chair massage, pre- and post-treatment well-being scores (visual analogue scale).
Both patients (n=224) and carers (n=185) positively evaluated the treatment. Key benefits reported included: relaxation, comfort, time out/treat, distraction, and relief of anxiety. There were significant changes in self-reported well-being score (p=<0.001), but no significant changes between scores for males and females. The changes in well-being scores on occasions (n=3) did not match the positive feedback.
The findings suggest that the service was appreciated by patients and carers. The project was continued for a further year with internal funding. Further research is warranted to ascertain the added and longer-term value of this intervention.

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