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Could massage to help pain sufferers fall asleep?

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Jun. 17, 2014

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Chronic pain sufferers are finding some relief at the tips of their own fingers.

A University of Alberta pain pilot project has been exploring self-administered hand shiatsu massage as a sleep aid.

The study is part of an exploration of low-cost alternatives to drugs designed to help those with chronic pain fall asleep.

The small pilot study followed nine people living with chronic pain as they self-administered the traditional Japanese shiatsu pressure techniques on their hands at bedtime.

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Participants reported falling asleep faster — sometimes even while administering treatment — and slept longer after two weeks and eight weeks of treatment, compared with a baseline measurement.

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