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- Parkinson’s. After only one massage session, the analogue scale scores were lower for muscle stiffness, movement difficulties, pain, and fatigue. Gait speed was significantly faster, stride length was lengthened and shoulder flexion and abduction were also improved. Source: Donoyama N, Suoh S, Ohkoshi N. Effectiveness of Anma massage therapy in alleviating physical symptoms in outpatients with Parkinson’s disease: a before-after study. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 Epub ahead of print.
- Postmenopausal women. The aromatherapy-massage group showed the greatest decreases in post-menopause psychological symptoms. This is not surprising since the literature has suggested that adding an aroma oil to the massage has additive effects and the aroma oils themselves have been noted to alter brainwaves in the direction of relaxation and reduced heart rate. Taavoni S, Darsareh F, Joolaee S, Haghani H. The effect of aromatherapy massage on the psychological symptoms of postmenopausal Iranian women. Complement Ther Med. 2013;21:158–163.
Field T. Massage therapy research review, Complement. Ther Clin Pract. 2014;20:224–229.
- Veterans. Veterans who received massage experienced significantly reduced pain and anxiety following massage. Massage is a useful tool for improving symptom management and reducing suffering. Mithchinson A, Fletcher CE, Kim HM, Montagnin M, Hinshaw DB. Integrating massage therapy within the palliative care of veterans with advanced illnesses: an outcome study. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2014;31:6–12.
- Breast Cancer. This breast cancer study reported reduced depression and increased dopamine and serotonin (both activating neurotransmitters) after massage therapy. There was also an increased natural killer cell number and lymphocytes. Field T. Massage therapy research review, Complement. Ther Clin Pract. 2014;20:224–229.
- Pediatric Cancer. The results showed lower pain severity in children who received massage therapy. The group that received massage therapy also had fewer bouts of vomiting. Mazuim S, Chaharsoughi NT, Banihashem A, Vashani HB. The effect of massage therapy on chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in pediatric cancer. Iran J Nurs Midwifery Res. 2013;18:280–284.
- Coronary bypass and cardiac surgery. Massage therapy led to a greater reduction in pain, muscle tension, and anxiety after surgery. Patients also reported increased relaxation as compared to the control group. Braun LA, Stanguts C, Casanelia L, Spitzer O, Paul E, Vardaxis NJ, Rosenfeldt F. Massage therapy for cardiac surgery patients: a randomized trial. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012;144:1453–1459.
- Hypertension. The data from this study tentatively suggested that massage was more effective than anti-hypertensive drugs in lowering systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Xiong XJ, Li SJ, Zhang YQ. Massage therapy for essential hypertension: a systematic review. J Hum Hypertens. 2014 Epub ahead of print.
- Back pain. In this study, women with chronic low back pain were randomly assigned to massage therapy or physical therapy groups. Stretching exercises were added to both the massage therapy and the physical therapy. The data analysis revealed that the massage therapy participants had a greater decrease in pain intensity and disability than the physical therapy group. Kamali F, Panahi F, Ebrahimi S, Abbasi L. Comparison between massage and routine physical therapy in women with sub-acute and chronic nonspecific low back pain. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2014 Epub ahead of print.
- Neck arthritis pain. In a randomized controlled study, massage therapists provided weekly moderate pressure neck massages, and the participants were taught to massage themselves so that they could have daily massages. The massage group showed significant immediate reductions in both self-reported pain and range of motion-associated pain and an increase in range of motion on the first and last days of the study. Field T, Diego M, Gonzalez G, Funk CG. Neck arthritis pain is reduced and range of motion is increased by massage therapy. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014;20:219–223.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome. A study on carpal tunnel syndrome involved the location of trigger points on the hand, and the massage was combined with trigger point therapy. The results suggested a significant reduction in pain as well as an increase in functional activity after two weeks of 30-minute massages twice per week. Elliott R, Burkett B. Massage therapy as an effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2013;17:332–338
- Foot pain. In a study on foot pain massage therapy and exercise were compared to ultrasound therapy and exercise. At the end of the treatment period, the massage participants had lower pain than the ultrasound participants and they reported greater functional status as measured on the foot and ankle pain assessment. Saban B, Deutscher D, Ziv T. Deep massage to posterior calf muscles in combination with neural mobilization exercises as a treatment for heel pain: a pilot randomized clinical trial. Man Ther. 2014;19:102–108.
- Injury Recovery. Researchers have discovered a brief 10-minute massage helps reduce inflammation in muscles. The massages triggered biochemical sensors that can send inflammation-reducing signals to muscle cells. As a consequence, massage may be beneficial for recovery from injury. J. D. Crane, D. I. Ogborn, C. Cupido, S. Melov, A. Hubbard, J. M. Bourgeois, M. A. Tarnopolsky. Massage Therapy Attenuates Inflammatory Signaling After Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. Science Translational Medicine, 2012; 4 (119): 119ra13 DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3002882.
- Strenuous exercise. Massage was shown to reduce inflammation and promote the growth of new mitochondria following strenuous exercise. J. D. Crane, D. I. Ogborn, C. Cupido, S. Melov, A. Hubbard, J. M. Bourgeois, M. A. Tarnopolsky. Massage Therapy Attenuates Inflammatory Signaling After Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. Science Translational Medicine, 2012; 4 (119): 119ra13 DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3002882
- Labor pain. In this study, the massage group had lower pain and anxiety levels and a shorter duration of labor. Another study found similar effects including less pain and need for medication and an average of 5 hours less labor. Mortazavi DH, Khaki S, Moradi R, Heidari K, Vasegh Rahimparvar SF. Effects of massage therapy and presence of attendant on pain, anxiety and satisfaction during labor. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2012;286:19–23 Field T. Massage therapy research review, Complement. Ther Clin Pract. 2014;20:224–229.
- Infants. Increasing numbers of full-term newborns are receiving massage as it has been known to reduce irritability and sleep problems which are the most frequent complaints made by parents to pediatricians. Curol A, Polat S. The effects of baby massage on attachment between mother and their infants. Asian Nurs Res Korean Soc Nurs Sci. 2012;6:35–41
- Preterm infants. The most frequently reported effects of massage therapy with preterm infants are greater weight gain and earlier hospital discharge. Choi H, Kim SJ, Oh J, Lee MN, Kim S, Kang KA. The effects of massage therapy on physical growth and gastrointestinal function in premature infants: a pilot study. J Child Health Care. 2015 Epub ahead of print.
- Fibromyalgia. This meta-analysis showed that Massage therapy with a duration ≥5 weeks had beneficial immediate effects on improving pain, anxiety, and depression in patients with Fibromyalgia. Massage therapy should be one of the viable complementary and alternative treatments for Fibromyalgia. Li YH, Wang FY, Feng CQ, Yang XF, Sun YH. Massage therapy for fibromyalgia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. PLoS One. 2014:9. Epub ahead of print.
- Multiple Sclerosis. Study results support previous findings indicating that massage therapy increases the self-efficacy of clients with multiple sclerosis, potentially resulting in a better overall adjustment to the disease. Self-efficacy is the perception/belief that one can competently cope with a challenging situation. The improvement in self-efficacy endured 4 weeks after the end of the treatment series, which suggests that massage therapy may have longer-term effects than previously noted. Finch P, Bessonnette S. A pragmatic investigation into the effects of massage therapy on the self efficacy of multiple sclerosis clients. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2014;18:11–16.
- Leukemia. Anxiety is a common symptom among patients with cancer in general. Significant improvements in levels of stress and health-related quality of life were observed in the massage therapy group versus the usual care-alone group. Taylor AG, Snyder AE, Anderson JG, Densmore JJ, Bourguignon C. Gentle massage improves disease and treatment related symptoms in patients with acute myelogenous leukemia. J Clin Trials. 2014:4. Epub ahead of print.
- In vitro fertilization (IVF). The research team’s results suggested that massage therapy improves embryo implantation, most likely due to a reduction in stress (ie, a relaxation effect on patients), a reduction in uterine contractions, and, probably, an enhancement of the blood flow in the abdominal region. These findings provide support for use of massage therapy as a complementary therapy. Okhowat J, Murtinger M, Schuff M, Wogatzy J, Spitzer D, Vanderzwalmen P, Wirleitner B, Zech NH. Massage therapy improves in vitro fertilization outcome in patients undergoing blastocyst transfer in a cryo-cycle, Altern. Ther Health Med. 2015;21:16–22.