Postburn itching, pain, and psychological symptoms are reduced with massage therapy

Tiffany Field, Michael Peck, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Scott Krugman, Iris Burman, Laura Ozment-Schenck

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Twenty patients with burn injuries were randomly assigned to a massage therapy or a standard treatment control group during the remodeling phase of wound healing. The massage therapy group received a 30-minute massage with cocoa butter to a closed, moderate-sized scar tissue area twice a week for 5 weeks. The massage therapy group reported reduced itching, pain, and anxiety and improved mood immediately after the first and last therapy sessions, and their ratings on these measures improved from the first day to the last day of the study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-193
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Nursing(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)


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