Here’s inspiring evidence of the positive effects of massage therapy on heart surgery patients. According to this report (found at Massage & Bodywork Magazine), the reduction in pain by the massage recipients led to the Mayo Clinic’s introduction of holistic therapies for their patients.
A Mayo Clinic five-month pilot study shows massage therapy dramatically reduces pain levels for heart surgery patients. The study involved fifty-eight patients who were asked to rate the level of pain they were experiencing on a scale of one to ten. Thirty patients were then given massage treatments. The twenty-eight patients who received no treatment reported no change in pain management, while the other thirty lowered their assessment scores to one. The findings prompted the Mayo Clinic to hire a full-time massage therapist. As an additional response to patient surveys, the Mayo Clinic has also developed a CAM treatment series known as the Healing Enhancement Program, which incorporates music therapy, guided imagery, and stress education classes to promote full-body and emotional wellness as part of recovery. The findings of the Mayo Clinic study can be located in the November 2007 issue of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Source