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
Citation: 0:1-16 DOI: 10.1093/pm/pnw100
Type: Journal article
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 massage therapy research and evidence for its efficacy in treating pain, function-related and health-related quality of life in cancer populations.