Health Care Costs and Massage

  • A randomized study was performed including infants of birth weight 750 and 1500 g and gestational age 32 weeks. A total of 104 newborns were included, 52 in each group. Incidence of late-onset sepsis was significantly lower in the intervention group and they were discharged from the hospital 7 days earlier than the control group. (Mendes, E.W., Procianoy, R.S. Massage therapy reduces hospital stay and occurrence of late-onset sepsis in very preterm neonates. Journal of Perinatology (2008) 28, 815–820.) Abstract
  • In a randomized study on 262 patients, massage was effective for treating chronic back pain. The massage group also used the least medications and had the lowest costs of subsequent care. (Cherkin, D.C., Eisenberg, D., Randomized Trial Comparing Traditional Chinese Medical Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage, and Self-care Education for Chronic Low Back Pain. Arch Intern Med., 161(8):1081-8; Apr 23, 2001.) Abstract