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Massage therapy improves the management of alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
J Altern Complement Med 2005; 11(2):311-3JA

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

Massage therapy has promise as an adjunct to standard alcohol detoxification procedures but has not been investigated comprehensively.

DESIGN

The study was a randomized controlled trial comparing massage therapy to a "rest" (control) condition in patients undergoing alcohol detoxification.

SETTINGS/LOCATION

Hospital-based alcohol and drug detoxification clinic.

SUBJECTS

Fifty (50) patients with alcohol dependence (41 males, 9 females).

INTERVENTIONS

The massage intervention involved a seated back, shoulder, head, and neck massage.

OUTCOME MEASURES

Alcohol Withdrawal Scale, respiration, pulse rate, and subjective patient evaluation.

RESULTS

Those receiving massage generally showed reductions in pulse rate on 3 of the 4 days of treatment compared to the control group. Massage was also more effective in reducing Alcohol Withdrawal Scale scores in the early stages of the detoxification process. Respiration in the massage group was reduced toward the end of the detoxification admission.

CONCLUSIONS

Massage shows promise as an adjunct to traditional medical detoxification for alcohol.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Hospital Alcohol and Drug Services, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Clinical Trial
Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15865498

Citation

Reader, Margaret, et al. "Massage Therapy Improves the Management of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.), vol. 11, no. 2, 2005, pp. 311-3.
Reader M, Young R, Connor JP. Massage therapy improves the management of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. J Altern Complement Med. 2005;11(2):311-3.
Reader, M., Young, R., & Connor, J. P. (2005). Massage therapy improves the management of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.), 11(2), pp. 311-3.
Reader M, Young R, Connor JP. Massage Therapy Improves the Management of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome. J Altern Complement Med. 2005;11(2):311-3. PubMed PMID: 15865498.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Massage therapy improves the management of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. AU - Reader,Margaret, AU - Young,Ross, AU - Connor,Jason P, PY - 2005/5/4/pubmed PY - 2005/9/30/medline PY - 2005/5/4/entrez SP - 311 EP - 3 JF - Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.) JO - J Altern Complement Med VL - 11 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVES: Massage therapy has promise as an adjunct to standard alcohol detoxification procedures but has not been investigated comprehensively. DESIGN: The study was a randomized controlled trial comparing massage therapy to a "rest" (control) condition in patients undergoing alcohol detoxification. SETTINGS/LOCATION: Hospital-based alcohol and drug detoxification clinic. SUBJECTS: Fifty (50) patients with alcohol dependence (41 males, 9 females). INTERVENTIONS: The massage intervention involved a seated back, shoulder, head, and neck massage. OUTCOME MEASURES: Alcohol Withdrawal Scale, respiration, pulse rate, and subjective patient evaluation. RESULTS: Those receiving massage generally showed reductions in pulse rate on 3 of the 4 days of treatment compared to the control group. Massage was also more effective in reducing Alcohol Withdrawal Scale scores in the early stages of the detoxification process. Respiration in the massage group was reduced toward the end of the detoxification admission. CONCLUSIONS: Massage shows promise as an adjunct to traditional medical detoxification for alcohol. SN - 1075-5535 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15865498/Massage_therapy_improves_the_management_of_alcohol_withdrawal_syndrome_ L2 - https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/acm.2005.11.311?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -