The role of massage therapy in managing secondary conditions associated with spinal cord injury: an integrative model

Judy Lovas*, Ashley Craig, Yvonne Tran, James Middleton

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Abstract

An ongoing challenge for rehabilitation is to find new ways to enhance quality of life for people with spinal cord injury (SCI). This article critically reviews evidence of the efficacy of massage therapy (MT) as an innovative treatment option to improve secondary conditions such as pain, anxiety, sleep disturbance, and fatigue and to enhance immunity, which may reduce rates of recurrent infection, in people with chronic SCI. It summarises difficulties in the design of previous MT research, details current research concerning the effect of MT in secondary conditions of SCI, and offers a framework to integrate MT into rehabilitation practice as a nonpharmacological, noninvasive, and potentially cost-effective intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-75
Number of pages15
JournalTopics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Massage therapy
  • Quality of life
  • Rehabilitation
  • Secondary conditions
  • Spinal cord injury

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