Research: DION and COLLEAGUES,

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Abstract

DION and COLLEAGUES, 1. Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA; Division of General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA; 2. Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA; 3. Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA; 4. Division of Hospital Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA;

5. Revenue Cycle Systems, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA; 6. Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA; 7. Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA; Division of General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA. wahnerroedler.dietlind@mayo.edu explored whether massage combined with meditation is more helpful than massage alone for women recovering from reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer.

Background

This study explored whether massage combined with meditation is more helpful than massage alone for women recovering from autologous tissue reconstruction after mastectomy for breast cancer.

Methodology

Forty patients were randomly assigned to either massage therapy or massage plus meditation on postoperative days 1 through 3. Outcome measures were 1) visual analog scale (VAS) scores for stress, anxiety, relaxation, insomnia, alertness, fatigue, tension, pain, mood, and energy, and 2) Perceived Stress Scale-14 scores. Nineteen patients in each group finished the study.

Results

Preintervention and postintervention mean total VAS scores improved significantly in both groups (P < .001), but no significant difference occurred between groups.

Conclusion

References

Dion LJ1, Engen DJ2, Lemaine V3, Lawson DK4, Brock CG5, Thomley BS1, Cha SS6, Sood A1, Bauer BA1, Wahner-Roedler DL7. Massage therapy alone and in combination with meditation for breast cancer patients undergoing autologous tissue reconstruction: A randomized pilot study. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 23:82-7. May 2016. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2015.04.005. Epub May 12 2015.

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