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Pain control: Massage is just as good as drugs
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Doctors immediately think of giving drugs to patients who are in pain after major surgery

Doctors immediately think of giving drugs to patients who are in pain after major surgery. But a new study has found that massage is just as effective, and far safer.


A group of 605 patients who had undergone major surgery, and who were in great pain for more than four days afterwards, reported a significant improvement after massage.


The patients received either standard, drug care, or 20 minutes of massage, or back massage for five days after surgery. Both massage groups reported a greater lessening of pain and unpleasantness than those in the drug group.


(Source: Archives of Surgery, 2007; 142: 1158-67).


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