Massage therapy after open-heart surgery can improve patients’ mood and may reduce medication use to curb stress and anxiety. Reducing stress is an important consideration in preventing exacerbation of a heart condition after surgery.
Researchers from the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Isfahan, Iran, conducted the study to determine whether massage therapy could affect mood in recovering heart patients. Massage-group study subjects received 20 minutes of Swedish massage on 4 consecutive days, 3-6 days after the open-heart surgery. Data analysis of the 72 subjects, aged 18-75, showed that those who received massage reported better mood. Control group members received usual care.
The study is available in Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research (2012; 17 [2, Suppl. 1]: S120-S124).