1.     Is used as a form of medical therapy since ancient times.

2.     Ayurveda text written 5000 years old also talks about it

3.     The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, written more than 2500 years ago and believed to be the first book on Chinese medicine, includes information on Tuina, an ancient form of massage, and acupressure (applied finger pressure to points that are putatively sensitized by organ impairment) [1].

4.     Massage is systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to enhance health and healing [2].

5.     It includes a group of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure.

6.     The primary characteristics are the application of touch and movement.

7.      Studies in patients with limited or advanced cancer suggest at least temporary benefit for pain, other symptoms and mood [3,7]

8.     It is well proven in pain management

9.     Massage also produces VIP hormone which dilates the arteries and increases the flow

References

1.     Monte T. World medicine: the East and West guide to healing your body, Putnam, New York 1993.

2.     Goats GC, Keir KA. Connective tissue massage. Br J Sports Med 1991; 25:131.

3.     Ferrell-Torry AT, Glick OJ. The use of therapeutic massage as a nursing intervention to modify anxiety and the perception of cancer pain. Cancer Nurs 1993; 16:93.

4.     Weinrich SP, Weinrich MC. The effect of massage on pain in cancer patients. Appl Nurs Res 1990; 3:140.

5.     Cassileth BR, Vickers AJ. Massage therapy for symptom control: outcome study at a major cancer center. J Pain Symptom Manage 2004; 28:244.

6.     Listing M, Reisshauer A, Krohn M, et al. Massage therapy reduces physical discomfort and improves mood disturbances in women with breast cancer. Psychooncology 2009; 18:1290.

7.     Kutner JS, Smith MC, Corbin L, et al. Massage therapy versus simple touch to improve pain and mood in patients with advanced cancer: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med 2008; 149:369.