Pilot study results Chair Massage reduces stress in Nurses

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Pilot study results Chair Massage reduces stress in Nurses

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The study used a range of clinical scales and measurements to assess the levels of stress the nurses were experiencing. The study was carried out over 10 weeks to assess the effect of 15 min weekly chair massages on performed on 38 nurses. Out of 400 available massage appointments, 329 appointments were used.

The methods of clinically recognised measurements included:

  • Mean Perceived Stress Scale-14 (PSS-14)
  • Smith Anxiety Scale (SAS)
  • Linear analog self-assessment scale (LASA)
  • Symptom visual analog scale (SX-VAS)

The results from the tests shown above concluded that the massages performed on the nurses reduced the stress-related symptoms.

Winona Bontrager President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) stated

“This study affirms the important role massage therapy can play in the work setting, in this case, to ease stress for health care providers who, in turn, can better provide optimal patient care,”


Engen DJ1, Wahner-Roedler DL, Vincent A, Chon TY, Cha SS, Luedtke CA, Loehrer LL, Dion LJ, Rodgers NJ, Bauer BA. Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.


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