… KC Richards at the University of Austin revealed that a combination of muscle relaxation, mental imagery and soothing music and slow stroke back massage had a positive impact on both physical aspects such as backaches as well as sleep patterns. Agreement among such studies in addition to the perceived benefits of massage is the need for additional research of larger groups and comparison of variables.
More importantly, the implications of these studies, according to Keller and Bzdek, promote the fact that nurses can effectively use a protocol, screen out other
potentially serious diagnoses and treat tension headache and probably depression …… .
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