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Researchers have been studying how massage therapy and transcutaneous muscle stimulation (TENS) may benefit treatment and increase pain relief after laparoscopic surgery.

A recent study included 138 patients who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal). Participants were randomly divided into three groups: massage plus medications, TENS plus medications, and conventional medication.

Massage and TENS was applied three consecutive times after patients regained consciousness and intensity of pain was evaluated using a visual analog scale before and after each 20-minute treatment.


Both massage therapy and TENS showed a significant reduction in pain intensity when compared to the control group.

The findings suggest that the use of massage therapy and TENS techniques can reduce post-laparoscopic pain.


Mottahedi M, Shamsi M, Babani S, Goli S, Rizenvandi P. “Comparing the effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and massage therapy on post laparoscopic shoulder pain: a randomized clinical trial.” BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2023 Sep 28;24(1):764. As published in Spring 2024 AMTA Massage Therapy Journal