Superficial Touch Therapy Eases Pain, Reduces Opioid Dependency

December 27, 2017

(Reuters) – Light massage can reduce pain, anxiety and the need for opioid medication in terminally ill patients, a Swedish study suggests. “All end-of-life patients experience existential pain or existential suffering,” coauthor Linda Bjorkhem-Bergman told Reuters Health. “This pain is difficult to treat pharmacologically and complementary methods, such as massage, provide an alternative.”

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