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A Comparison of Still Point Induction to Massage Therapy in Reducing Pain and Increasing Comfort in Chronic Pain

Townsend, Carolyn S. DNP, RN, WHNP-BC, CNE; Bonham, Elizabeth PhD, RN, PMHCNS, BC; Chase, Linda PhD, RN; Dunscomb, Jennifer MSN, RN; McAlister, Susan DNP, RN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000012

A quantitative study was completed to determine whether complementary techniques provide pain relief and comfort in patients with chronic pain. Subjects participated in sessions including aromatherapy and music therapy. Massage or cranial still point induction was randomly assigned. Statistically significant improvement in pain and comfort was noted in both groups.

Department of Quality (Dr Townsend), Methodist Hospital Nursing and Patient Care Services (Dr Chase), and Methodist Hospital Nursing Practice and Quality (Ms Dunscomb), Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, Indiana; University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana (Dr Bonham); and Department of Clinical Effectiveness, Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana (Dr McAlister).

Correspondence: Carolyn S. Townsend, DNP, RN, WHNP-BC, CNE, Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing, 2300 S. Washington Street, E311, Kokomo, IN 46904 (

Several individuals were instrumental in this project. These included the research assistants who participated in the study. They included Alice Bush, RN; Samantha Duttlinger, RPT; Krista Edie, RPT; Patricia Julius, RN; Cathy Patrick, RN; and Danielle Undercoffer, RN. Pam Conrad, RN, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, founder of Aromas for Healing™, is an inspiration in the use of aromatherapy for relief of many clinical conditions. Robert Harris, the developer of the “BeCalm Balls” demonstrated interest and provided guidance in this study.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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