Occupational low back pain in nursing workers: massage versus pain* * Extracted from the dissertation "Uso da massagem como intervenção na lombalgia ocupacional em Trabalhadores de enfermagem", Nursing School, Universidade de São Paulo, 2013

Lumbalgia ocupacional en trabajadores de enfermería: masaje versus dolor

Talita Pavarini Borges Leonice Fumiko Sato Kurebayashi Maria Júlia Paes da Silva About the authors

Objective: To assess the efficacy of massage for decreasing occupational low back pain in workers of a Nursing team in an Emergency Room. Method: A randomized controlled trial, using a socio-demographic/morbidity questionnaire and a Pain Numeric Scale. Forty-five subjects were randomly allocated for intervention (G1 – Massage by acupressure), placebo group (G2 – application of Garlium Arseneid Laser 904nm turned off) and control (G3 – no intervention). Results: The main triggering factor, as well as the worsening of pain, was the patient manipulation, both with a prevalence of 34.9%. The main treatment for low back pain before this research was the use of medication, with a prevalence of 44.2%. In accordance with a variance analysis, only G1 presented a significant statistical difference, with a better result after 12 sessions. Massage presented an enormous effect (d = 4.59), corresponding to 86% of reduction in the pain level. Conclusion: Massage was effective to decrease occupational low back pain of those Nursing workers.


Massage; Low back pain; Complementary therapies; Nursing; Occupational health


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