The Impact of Massage Therapy on Function in Pain Populations- Part III

A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials: Part III, Surgical Pain Populations

By: Boyd C, Crawford C, Paat C, Price A, Xenakis L, Zhang W, and the Evidence for Massage Therapy (EMT Working Group
Publication Name: Pain Medicine
Year: 2016

Abstract: Pain is multi-dimensional and may be better addressed through a holistic, biopsychosocial approach. Massage therapy is commonly practiced among patients seeking pain management; however, its efficacy is unclear. This systematic review and meta-analysis is the first to rigorously assess the quality of the evidence for massage therapy’s efficacy in treating pain, function-related, and health-related quality of life outcomes in surgical pain populations.