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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2011, Article ID 929868, 8 pages
Review Article

The Use of Massage Therapy for Reducing Pain, Anxiety, and Depression in Oncological Palliative Care Patients: A Narrative Review of the Literature

1Division of Cardiology, Hospital of Bolzano, District Health Bolzano-Südtirol, L. Bühlerstr. 5, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
2Nursing Department, University of Applied Sciences-Verona, Claudiana-Spitalstr. 11, 39031 Brunico, Italy
3Department of Psychiatry, University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
4Department of Nursing Sciences and Gerontology, UMIT University, Eduard Wallnöfer-Zentrum1, 6060 Hall in Tirol, Austria

Received 16 May 2011; Accepted 21 June 2011

Academic Editors: L.-Y. Chien and M. Miyashita

Copyright © 2011 Maria Falkensteiner et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A considerable number of cancer patients use complementary medicine therapies in order to alleviate different symptoms such as pain, anxiety, and depression, occurring in connection with cancer. This paper explores the question to what extent massage therapies are able to reduce the amount of pain, anxiety, and depression. For this purpose, a systematic literature analysis was carried out in the electronic databases and specialist journals. There is already evidence that massage therapies can influence the symptoms of pain, anxiety, and depression in a positive way.