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Researchers in Mayo Clinic's Integrative Medicine and Health Research Program develop evidence-based treatments that can be used with conventional medicine. For example, they have studied the use of massage therapy to relieve pain and anxiety after some types of surgery.


See a list of publications about massage therapy by Mayo Clinic doctors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

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Massage therapy care at Mayo Clinic

March 03, 2023
  1. Massage therapy: What you need to know. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Accessed Jan. 5, 2021.
  2. AskMayoExpert. Massage therapy. Mayo Clinic; 2019.
  3. Rodgers NJ, et al. A decade of building massage therapy services at an academic medical center as part of a healing enhancement program. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 2015; doi:10.1016/j.ctcp.2015.07.004.
  4. Dion LJ, et al. Development of a hospital-based massage therapy course at an academic medical center. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. 2015; doi:10.3822/ijtmb.v8i1.249.
  5. Clark SD, et al. Effect of integrative medicine services on pain for hospitalized patients at an academic health center. Explore. 2019; doi:10.1016/j.explore.2018.07.006.
  6. Zhihong L, et al. Benefits of hand massage on anxiety in preoperative outpatient: A quasi-experimental study with pre- and post-tests. Explore. 2020; doi:10.1016/j.explore.2020.08.016.
  7. Brown AY. Allscripts EPSi. Mayo Clinic. Jan. 6, 2021.
  8. Liu C, et al. The effect of massage therapy on pain after surgery: A comprehensive meta-analysis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2022; doi:10.1016/j.ctim.2022.102892.