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Massage pilot study shows positive results

A small pilot study* involving FHT member, Kerry Gow, suggests that as well as relieving boredom, aromatherapy massage to the feet and/or hands can help to uplift mood, ease the symptoms of cramp, and improve restless legs, dry skin and pruritus in patients receiving haemodialysis.

Of the 19 patients who completed the course of three treatments and pre- and post-massage questionnaires, 100% gave a score of 10, nine or eight out of ten when asked ‘How enjoyable have you found the massage on a scale of 0-10?’ (with 0 being not enjoyable and 10 very enjoyable); 73% gave a score of 10, nine or eight out of 10 when asked ‘Have you felt any benefit?’ (with 0 being no benefit and 10 very beneficial); and 100% said they would recommend massage to others.

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