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The Effects of Employer-Provided Massage Therapy on Job Satisfaction, Workplace Stress, and Pain and Discomfort

Back, Chris BSc, CCPE; Tam, Helen BSc (OT); Lee, Elaine BSc (Kin); Haraldsson, Bodhi RMT

doi: 10.1097/01.HNP.0000343206.71957.a9

Long-term care staff have high levels of musculoskeletal concerns. This research provided a pilot program to evaluate the efficacy of employer-funded on-site massage therapy on job satisfaction, workplace stress, pain, and discomfort. Twenty-minute massage therapy sessions were provided. Evaluation demonstrated possible improvements in job satisfaction, with initial benefits in pain severity, and the greatest benefit for individuals with preexisting symptoms. A long-term effect was not demonstrated.

Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia (Messrs Back and Lee); Vancouver Coastal Health (Ms Tam); Massage Therapist Association of British Columbia (Mr Haraldsson), Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Corresponding Author: Chris Back, BSC, CCPE, Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in British Columbia, 1195 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3X5 (

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.