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Massage Helps Reduce Postpartum Anxiety

One 20-minute session of seated, slow-stroke back massage resulted in a significant decrease in anxiety among new mothers on their first postpartum day, according to recent research. Study Overview The study, “The effect of slow-stroke back massage on the anxiety levels of Iranian women on the first postpartum day,” involved 100 primiparous women, or first-time...  Read More »


Massage Helps Reduce Symptoms of Infantile Colic

For babies in this research study, massage therapy was significantly more effective than rocking in reducing colic symptoms. Massage therapy applied twice daily for one week resulted in a significant decrease in duration and frequency of crying among colicky babies, as well as a significant increase in duration of sleep, according to recent research. The...  Read More »


Integrative Therapies Benefit Cancer Patients

Participating in a yoga class, getting a massage or receiving a reiki session all resulted in significant improvements in the sense of well-being among cancer patients, according to recent research. However, the patients who received reiki reported a greater reduction in cancer pain than those who received a massage or participated in a yoga class....  Read More »


Myofascial Trigger-Point Massage Offers Headache Help

To complement the Research Reports in the September 2016 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Headache frequency, the pain-pressure threshold of certain myofascial trigger points and perceived change in headache pain all improved following 12 sessions of myofascial trigger-point massage applied to the head and neck, according to recent research.The study, “Myofascial trigger point-focused head and neck massage...  Read More »


Foot Reflexology Found to Ease Pain in Infants

To complement the Research Reports in the August 2016 print edition of MASSAGE Magazine. Infants who received one session of foot reflexology, lasting around 20 to 30 minutes, immediately before getting a vaccination injection exhibited lower pain levels following the injection than infants who did not receive foot reflexology, according to recent research.The study, “The effect...  Read More »


Head Meridian Acupoint Massage Reduces Stress

 To complement the Research Reports in the May 2016 issue of MASSAGE Magazine.Among women with high stress levels, a 10-minute head meridian acupoint massage reduced stress and increased relaxation, as evidenced by enhanced activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, according to recent research.The study, “Principle study of head meridian acupoint massage to stress release via...  Read More »


Thai Massage Helps Tame Tension Headaches

To complement the Research Reports in the February 2016 issue of MASSAGE Magazine.Two sessions of Thai massage per week for four weeks reduced the issues associated with chronic tension-type headaches, according to recent research.The study, “A randomized controlled trial on the effectiveness of court-type traditional Thai massage versus amitriptyline in patients with tension-type headaches,” involved...  Read More »


Massage Eases DOMS, Boosts Recovery in Bodybuilders

To complement the Research Reports in the December 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine.A 30-minute massage significantly improved the recovery rate for male bodybuilders engaged in an exercise routine designed to induce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), according to recent research.The study, “Efficacy of massage on muscle soreness, perceived recovery, physiological restoration and physical performance in...  Read More »


Massage Benefits Colorectal Surgery Patients

To complement the Research Reports in the November 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine.Two 20-minute sessions of Swedish massage on postoperative days two and three increased relaxation and decreased pain, anxiety and tension among colorectal surgery patients, according to recent research.The study, “Effect of massage therapy on pain, anxiety, relaxation and tension after colorectal surgery: a...  Read More »


Acupressure Improves Sleep Among Menopausal Women

To complement the Research Reports in the October 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: In a recent study, self-administered acupressure significantly improved sleep quality among menopausal women experiencing sleep difficulties.The consistent use of acupressure, applied at home as a self-care technique, resulted in a significant improvement in sleep quality among menopausal women, according to recent...  Read More »


Oxytocin Affects Response to Social Touch

To complement the Research Reports in the September 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: In a recent study of 40 men, the administration of oxytocin increased the subjects’ perception of the pleasantness of female touch. The administration of intranasal oxytocin increased the perceived pleasantness of female touch, but not male touch, among heterosexual males, according to...  Read More »


Foot Reflexology Eases Anxiety Following Heart Surgery

To complement the Research Reports in the August 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: In a recent study, foot reflexology massage significantly reduced anxiety in patients who had just undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery. In the days following coronary artery bypass graft surgery, one 20-minute session of foot reflexology massage each day for four days...  Read More »


Thai Massage Alleviates Chronic Headaches

To complement the Research Reports in the July 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: In a recent study, subjects suffering from chronic headaches who received Thai traditional massage over a period of three weeks showed both decreased headache intensity and an increase in pressure pain threshold, versus a control group whose pressure pain threshold remained...  Read More »


Resources for Getting Started in Massage Research

To complement “Expert Advice: How Difficult Is It to Get Started in Research?” by Paul Falkowski, in the July 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: These organizations can help massage therapists who are interested in creating and conducting a massage research study.Massage Therapy Foundation The Massage Therapy Foundation awards research grants once a year to...  Read More »


Spa Therapy Improves Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

To complement the Research Reports in the June 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: For subjects in a recent study, 18 days of spa therapy resulted in both immediate and longer-term improvement in symptoms of osteoarthritis, including pain, reduced function and lower quality of life.After receiving various forms of spa therapy for 18 days, people...  Read More »


Massage with Occlusal Splint Therapy Eases TMD

To complement the Research Reports in the May 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: Research subjects who received occlusal splint therapy combined with massage therapy experienced improvements in the symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and sleep bruxism, even though each therapy used by itself did not result in symptom improvement. Researchers in Brazil found the...  Read More »


Aromatherapy Improves Sleep

To complement the Research Reports in the April 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: A review and analysis of several studies suggests aromatherapy is effective for promoting better sleep. A recent meta-analysis of research on the use of aromatherapy for improving sleep quality showed the modality to be effective in terms of enhancing sleep. The...  Read More »


Combination of Electroacupuncture, Massage and Blocking Therapy Found to Delay Recurrence of External Humeral Epicondylitis

To complement the Research Reports in the March 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: When added to blocking therapy, electroacupuncture and massage can delay the recurrence of external humeral epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow. Patients with external humeral epicondylitis experienced benefits after receiving electroacupuncture, massage and blocking therapy. The study, “Therapeutic effect of electroacupuncture,...  Read More »


Massage Practitioners with Thumb Pain Found to Have Increased Range of Motion and Decreased Strength of the Thumb

To complement the Research Reports in the February 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: A group of massage therapists experiencing thumb pain showed increased range of motion and decreased strength of the thumb; while those without thumb pain showed increased thumb strength compared to that group. Thumb range of motion and thumb strength measurements were...  Read More »


Massage Therapy Improves Endothelial Function

Sedentary participants exhibit improved endothelial function after receiving interventions incorporating massage therapy for exertion-induced muscle injury exercises. The study, "Massage Therapy Restores Peripheral Vascular Function Following Exertion," involved 36 sedentary adults, ages 18 to 40.


Thai Exercise, Massage Ease Knee Osteoarthritis

Both Thai exercise combined with Thai massage and strengthening exercise combined with Swedish massage brought benefits to people with knee osteoarthritis, but the Thai program yielded more significant and longer-lasting results, according to recent research.


Reiki Provides Improvement in Common Cancer-Related Symptoms

To complement the Research Reports in the August 2014 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: Reiki practitioners provided services to adults being treated at a cancer center, as well as adults being treated in other areas of the same university hospital. Both groups reported an improvement in their symptoms after receiving reiki, with the cancer-center participants...  Read More »


Massage Lowers Stress in Infants with GERD

A group of infants diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) showed a significant reduction in stress, as measured by cortisol, after receiving massage at home for 30 minutes twice a week for six weeks, according to recent research.The study, “Benefits of massage therapy for infants with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease,” involved 36 infants ages...  Read More »


Lavender Aromatherapy Eases PMS

To complement the Research Reports in the July 2014 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: Inhaling lavender essential oil for 10 minutes resulted in a significant improvement in parasympathetic nervous system activity among women with mild to moderate premenstrual symptoms. Inhaling lavender essential oil for 10 minutes resulted in a significant improvement in parasympathetic nervous system...  Read More »


Acupressure Eases Fatigue in Hemodialysis Patients

Among patients with end-stage renal disease who were undergoing chronic hemodialysis, the application of 20 minutes of acupressure three times a week for four weeks resulted in a significant reduction in fatigue, as compared to both a placebo and control group, according to recent research. The study, “Effect of acupressure on fatigue in patients on...  Read More »


Swedish Massage with Ginger Oil Reduces Low Back Pain

Both Swedish massage with aromatic ginger oil and traditional Thai massage resulted in significant immediate, short- and long-term improvements in low back pain. However, Swedish massage was found to be more effective in both the short- and long-term improvement of pain and disability, according to recent research. The study, “The effectiveness of Swedish massage with...  Read More »


Feldenkrais Method Helps Improve Osteoarthritis

by Robert Webb, Luis Eduardo Cofré Lizama and Mary P. Galea A series of Feldenkrais Method classes held twice a week for 30 weeks resulted in improvements on the Four Square Step Test for dynamic balance and also changes in gait among older adults with osteoarthritis, according to recent research. The study, “Moving With Ease:...  Read More »


Hydrokinesiotherapy Eases Fibromyalgia

Women diagnosed with fibromyalgia experienced significant improvements in pain intensity, quality of life and depression after participating in moderate-intensity hydrokinesiotherapy twice a week for 15 weeks, according to recent research. The study, “Pain, quality of life, self-perception of health, and depression in patients with fibromyalgia treated with hydrokinesiotherapy,” involved 64 women ages 50 and older...  Read More »


Therapeutic Touch Reduces Pain Among Newborns in NICU

The results of a study involving 40 newborns who recently underwent a painful procedure point toward Therapeutic Touch as an effective method of significantly reducing heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature and pain intensity. The study, “Therapeutic Touch: influence on vital signs of newborns,” involved 40 newborns in a neonatal intensive care unit. All the newborns...  Read More »


Hand Massage Decreases Preoperative Anxiety

 Patients who received a 10-minute hand massage before undergoing surgery experienced significantly less preoperative anxiety compared to patients who did not receive hand massage, according to recent research.The StudyThe study, “The Effect of Hand Massage on Preoperative Anxiety in Ambulatory Surgery Patients,” involved 86 participants who were undergoing surgery. Most of these subjects were women...  Read More »


Qigong Massage Reduces Tactile Impairment in Autistic Children

A qigong massage protocol developed specifically for young children with autism and applied daily for five months resulted in significant decreases in tactile impairment, self-regulatory delay and parenting stress, according to recent research. The study, “Treatment of Tactile Impairment in Young Children with Autism: Results with Qigong Massage,” involved 129 children with autism. The children...  Read More »


Muscle Energy Technique Decreases Motor Excitability

 The application of a single three-minute session of muscle energy technique to the lumbosacral joint resulted in decreased motor excitability in the motor cortex and spinal cord, according to recent research.The StudyThe study, “The effect of muscle energy technique on corticospinal and spinal reflex excitability in asymptomatic participants,” involved 12 healthy volunteers with a mean...  Read More »


Lavender Aromatherapy Eases Postoperative Pain

Women who received lavender aromatherapy after undergoing cesarean surgery had less postoperative pain, decreased heart rate and greater satisfaction with their pain management as opposed to women who received a placebo form of aromatherapy, according to recent research. The study, “The Effect of Inhalation of Aromatherapy Blend containing Lavender Essential Oil on Cesarean Postoperative Pain,”...  Read More »


Trigger-Point Therapy Improves Ankle Range of Motion

One session of myofascial trigger-point therapy on latent trigger points in the triceps surae resulted in a significant and clinically meaningful increase in ankle range of motion among a group of recreational runners with restricted active ankle joint dorsiflexion and latent myofascial trigger points, according to recent research. The study, “The immediate effect of triceps...  Read More »


Craniosacral Therapy May Ease Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain who received craniosacral therapy had lower pain intensity in the morning, as well as less deteriorated function, compared to a similar group of women who received standard care alone, according to recent research. The study, “Effects of craniosacral therapy as adjunct to standard treatment for pelvic girdle pain in...  Read More »


Massage for Posterior Shoulder Tightness

In a recent study, researchers confirmed massage therapy results in significant improvements in posterior shoulder tightness. The researchers also found three factors linked to less improvement for this particular condition: longer duration of symptoms, higher functional limitation and less posterior deltoid tightness. The study, “Effects and predictors of shoulder muscle massage for patients with posterior...  Read More »


Massage, Yoga Reduce Prenatal Depression, Prematurity

Both yoga and massage therapy resulted in positive effects for depressed pregnant women and their infants, according to recent research. Among the benefits were significant decreases in depression and increases in gestational age and birthweight. The study, “Yoga and massage therapy reduce prenatal depression and prematurity,” involved 84 pregnant women who received a diagnosis of...  Read More »


Aromatherapy, Thai Massage Benefit Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy

Aromatherapy with light Thai massage resulted in a significant boost to the immune system of colorectal cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, according to recent research. The research also showed aromatherapy and massage significantly decreased the severity of common symptoms associated with chemotherapy, such as fatigue, pain and stress. The study, “Effectiveness of Aromatherapy with Light Thai...  Read More »


Swedish Massage Has Lasting Effect on Blood Pressure

After receiving Swedish massage, both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure of women with prehypertension decreased significantly, and this noteworthy improvement in blood pressure was still evident three days after receiving massage, according to recent research. The study, “Durability of Effect of Massage Therapy on Blood Pressure,” involved 50 women between the ages of 18...  Read More »


Swedish Massage, Reflexology Benefit Elderly Cancer Survivors

A pilot study conducted among older cancer survivors living in nursing homes found that the use of both reflexology and Swedish massage resulted in significant declines in salivary cortisol and pain, along with significant improvements in mood. The study, “Reflexology versus Swedish Massage to Reduce Physiologic Stress and Pain and Improve Mood in Nursing Home...  Read More »


Shiatsu Improves Fibromyalgia Symptoms

People with fibromyalgia who received 16 sessions of full-body shiatsu over the course of eight weeks experienced statistically significant improvements in pain intensity, pressure pain threshold, sleep quality and the impact of fibromyalgia symptoms on their overall health, according to recent research. The study, “Effects of Shiatsu in the Management of Fibromyalgia Symptoms: A Controlled...  Read More »


Aromatherapy Reduces Child Anxiety During Dental Appointments

The use of aromatherapy with orange essential oil during a dental procedure performed on children resulted in reduced salivary cortisol levels and pulse rates, according to recent research. The study, “Effect of aromatherapy with orange essential oil on salivary cortisol and pulse rate in children during dental treatment: A randomized controlled clinical trial,” involved 30...  Read More »


Massage Eases Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

People with multiple sclerosis who received Swedish massage three times a week for five weeks showed significant improvements in pain, balance and walking speed, according to recent research. The study, “Massage therapy and exercise therapy in patients with multiple sclerosis: a randomized controlled pilot study,” involved 48 subjects with multiple sclerosis. Those included in the...  Read More »


Massage Benefits Cardiac Surgery Patients

Two 20-minute massage sessions three or more days after cardiac surgery resulted in significant reductions in anxiety, pain and muscular tension, along with significant increases in relaxation and satisfaction among postoperative patients, according to recent research. The study, “Massage therapy for cardiac surgery patients—a randomized trial,” involved 152 patients who underwent coronary artery bypass graft...  Read More »


Reflexology Boosts Pain Threshold, Tolerance

Recent research proved one reflexology session increased the pain threshold and tolerance of healthy people who were undergoing an ice-pain experiment. No such increases were observed when the same people were given a session of sham transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).  The study, “Exploratory study on the efficacy of reflexology for pain threshold and tolerance...  Read More »


Moderate-Pressure Massage Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis

The use of moderate-pressure massage therapy resulted in a range of both physical and psychological improvements among people diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in their upper limbs, according to recent research. The study, “Rheumatoid arthritis in upper limbs benefits from moderate pressure massage therapy,” involved 42 adults with rheumatoid arthritis in the upper limbs, with an...  Read More »


Manual Therapy Improves Frozen Shoulder Among Diabetics

Eight weeks of manual therapy for frozen shoulder, with two sessions per week, proved effective among people with and without diabetes, according to recent research. The study, “Manual therapy is an effective treatment for frozen shoulder in diabetics: An observational study,” involved 50 people with primary frozen shoulder, 12 of whom also had diabetes. These...  Read More »


Abdominal Massage Aids Constipation Treatment

Among children with chronic functional constipation, the combination of abdominal muscle training, breathing exercises, abdominal massage and standard treatment resulted in more frequent bowel movements, a recent study reports. The study, “The use of abdominal muscle training, breathing exercises and abdominal massage to treat pediatric chronic functional constipation,” involved 72 children, ages 4 to 18,...  Read More »


Qigong May Help Reduce Cocaine Cravings

A recent pilot study found it is possible to provide external qigong therapy (EQT) to people who are in residential treatment for cocaine dependency, and those who received four to six sessions of EQT during a two-week period experienced a decrease in cue-elicited cocaine cravings and symptoms of depression. The study, “A Pilot Study of...  Read More »


Massage Boosts Shoulder Range of Motion, Function

Applied twice a week for four weeks, an 18-minute shoulder massage led to significant improvements in range of motion, function and muscle tightness among people with posterior shoulder tightness, according to recent research. The study, “Effects and predictors of shoulder muscle massage for patients with posterior shoulder tightness,” involved 52 people with posterior shoulder tightness,...  Read More »


Massage Benefits Postsurgical Mastectomy Recipients

Women who received massage therapy the morning after a mastectomy reported a significant reduction in pain, stress and muscle tension, along with an increase in relaxation, according to recent research. The study, “Effect of Massage Therapy for Postsurgical Mastectomy Recipients,” involved 64 women ranging in age from 26 to 86, with a mean age of...  Read More »


Body Mass Index Reduced by Three Weeks of Balneotherapy

A three-week balneotherapy program resulted in significant long-term reductions in Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight among overweight or obese people, according to peer-reviewed research. The study, “One-Year Effectiveness of a 3-Week Balneotherapy Program for the Treatment of Overweight or Obesity,” involved 257 people with a mean age of about 50 years and a BMI...  Read More »


Massage During Labor May Delay Epidural Use

Researchers recently focused on the use of massage therapy during labor to determine, among other factors, whether massage would have any effect on delaying the use of an epidural. The results of the research showed a delay in epidural use in association with massage therapy. The study, “Massage therapy and labor outcomes: a randomized controlled...  Read More »


Acupressure Alleviates Insomnia Among Adolescents

Among adolescents with insomnia, the application of acupressure, using a device known as the Sea-Band®, resulted in significant improvements in sleep, according to recent research.The study, “Acupressure therapy for insomnia in adolescents: a polysomnographic study,” involved 25 adolescents affected by insomnia. Twelve of the subjects were boys, and the mean age among study participants was...  Read More »


Manual Therapy Eases Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Ten to 15 minutes of manual therapy twice a week for three weeks resulted in significant improvements in the signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, and those improvements remained stable after 24 weeks, according to recent research. The study, “A manual therapy intervention improves symptoms in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome: a pilot study,”...  Read More »


Reiki May Help Reduce Pain During Colonoscopy

A recent study found that a small group of people who received 10 minutes of reiki during intravenous administration of conscious sedation needed less meperidine, a pain-relieving medication, during screening colonoscopy. However, the majority of people involved in the study who received reiki needed as much meperidine as those who did not receive reiki before...  Read More »


Chair Massage Relieves Stress, Anxiety Among Nurses

One 15-minute chair massage per week for a total of 10 weeks resulted in significant improvement of stress-related symptoms and anxiety among both inpatient and outpatient nurses, according to recent research. The study, “Feasibility and effect of chair massage offered to nurses during work hours on stress-related symptoms: a pilot study,” involved 38 nurses ranging...  Read More »


Massage Weakens Immune Response Postvaccination

In a recent study, researchers focused on the effects of massage on immune function, measuring antibody responses following hepatitis B vaccination among healthy medical students in massage and control groups. The study also looked at whether massage decreased stress, as the intervention took place prior to a stressful examination period. The study, “Effects of Massage...  Read More »


Massage Therapy Improves Balance, Decreases Blood Pressure

A recent study reports that a single one-hour massage session resulted in improved balance and decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure among healthy, older adults. The study, “Massage Therapy Produces Short-term Improvements in Balance, Neurological and Cardiovascular Measures in Older Persons,” involved 35 healthy, older men and women with an average age of about 63...  Read More »


Massage Improves Heart-Rate Variability Among Male Preterm Infants

A team of researchers recently found that massage therapy led to improved heart-rate variability—a measure of improved autonomic nervous system development and function—among medically stable preterm male infants in the hospital. The study, “The effect of massage on heart rate variability in preterm infants,” involved a total of 37 hospitalized, medically stable preterm infants born...  Read More »


Massage for Posterior Shoulder Tightness

In a recent study, researchers confirmed massage therapy results in significant improvements in posterior shoulder tightness. The researchers also found three factors linked to less improvement for this particular condition: longer duration of symptoms, higher functional limitation and less posterior deltoid tightness. The study, “Effects and predictors of shoulder muscle massage for patients with posterior...  Read More »


Massage, Yoga Reduce Prenatal Depression, Prematurity

Both yoga and massage therapy resulted in positive effects for depressed pregnant women and their infants, according to recent research. Among the benefits were significant decreases in depression and increases in gestational age and birthweight. The study, “Yoga and massage therapy reduce prenatal depression and prematurity,” involved 84 pregnant women who received a diagnosis of...  Read More »


Kinesiology Tape May Reduce Muscle Weakness

When weakness of the quadriceps femoris was induced via prolonged vibration stimulation, the use of kinesiology tape around the knee joint appeared to significantly reduce the weakness, according to recent research. The study, “Tactile stimulation with Kinesiology tape alleviates muscle weakness attributable to attenuation of Ia afferents,” involved 10 healthy males with an average age...  Read More »


Swedish Massage, Reflexology Benefit Elderly Cancer Survivors

A pilot study conducted among older cancer survivors living in nursing homes found that the use of both reflexology and Swedish massage resulted in significant declines in salivary cortisol and pain, along with significant improvements in mood. The study, “Reflexology versus Swedish Massage to Reduce Physiologic Stress and Pain and Improve Mood in Nursing Home...  Read More »


Tai Chi Improves Arthritis Symptoms

After attending tai chi classes twice a week for 12 weeks, people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experienced significant health improvements, both mentally and physically, according to recent research. The study, “Tai Chi exercise and auricular acupressure for people with rheumatoid arthritis: an evaluation study,” involved 21 people with an average age of 61 years, most...  Read More »


Positional Release Therapy Helps Ease Headaches

Among people with tension-type headaches, the use of positional release therapy (PRT) reduced the frequency and duration of these headaches and also decreased the number of pills taken for pain relief, according to recent research. The study, “The effect of trigger point management by positional release therapy on tension type headache,” involved a total of...  Read More »


Acupressure Eases Migraine Nausea

According to a recent study, acupressure applied to the PC6 acupoint with a Sea-Band® wristband significantly reduced the symptom of nausea among migraine sufferers. The study, “Acupressure in the control of migraine-associated nausea,” involved 32 females ranging in age from 19 to 61 years, with a mean age of 39.65 years. Each subject had a...  Read More »


Aromatherapy Massage Reduces Menopause Symptoms

Sessions of massage both with and without aromatherapy reduced the severity of symptoms among menopausal women, according to recent research. However, the study’s authors found the aromatherapy massage yielded significantly better results than the massage without aromatherapy. The study, “Effect of aromatherapy massage on menopausal symptoms: a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial,” involved 87 women with...  Read More »


Myofascial Release Boosts Immune Function in Breast-Cancer Survivors

Myofascial release provided an immediate increase in salivary flow rate among breast-cancer survivors, indicating a parasympathetic effect, according to recent research. This research also showed that myofascial release led to increased immune function among those subjects with a positive attitude toward massage. The study, “The Influence of Patient Attitude Toward Massage on Pressure and Pain...  Read More »


Massage Therapy and Acupuncture Aid Disaster Evacuees

A team of massage therapists and acupuncturists provided complementary care at seven evacuation centers following the Great East Japan Earthquake and subsequent tsunami in March 2011. The rate of satisfaction following these sessions was greater than 90 percent, with evacuees reporting both physical and psychological relief, according to a recent report in Integrative Medicine Insights....  Read More »


Myofascial Technique for Whiplash

People suffering from subacute whiplash-associated disorders experienced a significant improvement in neck flexion following three sessions of a myofascial technique, according to recent research. The study, “Effects of myofascial technique in patients with subacute whiplash associated disorders: a pilot study,” featured 18 subjects with a mean age of about 40 years. Seven were male, while...  Read More »


Neck Massage Eases Migraine Pain

A five-minute neck massage and spinal-manipulation routine resulted in a significant decrease in pain among men suffering from the acute onset of a migraine headache, according to recent research. The study, “Reduction of Current Migraine Headache Pain Following Neck Massage and Spinal Manipulation,” involved 10 men with an average age of about 32 years and...  Read More »


Massage Benefits Pediatric Transplant Patients

Relief from pain and nausea, along with increased relaxation and ease falling asleep, were among the benefits of massage for children undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), according to recent research. The study, “Massage for Children Undergoing Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: A Qualitative Report,” involved 15 children, ages 5 to 18, with a mean age of around...  Read More »


Thermal Therapy Effects Lasting Improvements in Fibromyalgia

Twelve weeks of thermal therapy, which consisted of time in a sauna and underwater exercise in a heated pool, resulted in a significant decrease of pain and symptoms, along with a significant increase in quality of life, among women with fibromyalgia. According to researchers, these improvements remained relatively stable six months after the thermal therapy...  Read More »


Massage Benefits Emergency Nurses

Nurses working in an emergency environment experienced less stress and pain, along with increased work ability, among other benefits, after receiving 45-minute sessions of either massage or hypnosis, according to recent research. The study, “Tactile massage and hypnosis as a health promotion for nurses in emergency care—a qualitative study,” involved 38 nurses working in the...  Read More »


Massage Decreases Pain Following Thoracic Surgery

Recent research found massage therapy in the postoperative thoracic surgery setting is both feasible and effective, with patients reporting significant decreases in pain following a massage. The study, “Effect of Massage on Pain Management for Thoracic Surgery Patients,” involved 160 patients, with a mean age of 61 years, recovering from general thoracic surgery procedures. The...  Read More »


Massage Therapy Reduces Hand Pain

The use of massage among people with hand pain resulted in decreased pain and greater grip strength, as well as lower levels of anxiety and depressed mood, according to recent research. The study, “Hand Pain is Reduced by Massage Therapy,” involved 46 adults with hand pain. The subjects averaged 50 years of age, were of...  Read More »


Real and Placebo Reiki Boost Comfort in Patients Receiving Chemotherapy

Measures of comfort and well-being among patients receiving chemotherapy improved significantly following a 20-minute reiki intervention, and also after a 20-minute intervention with a sham reiki placebo, according to recent research. The study, “Investigation of Standard Care Versus Sham Reiki Placebo Versus Actual Reiki Therapy to Enhance Comfort and Well-Being in a Chemotherapy Infusion Center,”...  Read More »


Lavender Aromatherapy Alleviates Insomnia

Lavender aromatherapy improved sleep quality among middle-aged women with insomnia, according to recent research. The study, “The Effect of Lavender Aromatherapy on Autonomic Nervous System in Midlife Women with Insomnia,” involved 67 women ages 45 to 55, recruited voluntarily from a health-care program on sleep hygiene. These subjects met the criteria for insomnia according to...  Read More »


Foot Massage Decreases Agitation in Dementia Patients

After receiving a 10-minute foot massage each day for two weeks, people with dementia and a history of agitation immediately showed a significant decrease in agitated behavior, according to recent research. In addition, the reduction in agitated behavior remained significant two weeks after the massage intervention had ended. The study, “Exploring the effect of foot...  Read More »


Multidisciplinary Care Reduces Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Patients with severe fibromyalgia experienced significant improvements in several categories of symptoms, according to a recent study, after undergoing eight weeks of multidisciplinary care, including massage therapy, thermal therapy and ischemic pressure on 18 tender points. The study, “Effects of a multidisciplinary treatment program in patients with severe fibromyalgia,” involved 34 people classified with severe...  Read More »


Qi-Gong Helps Control Diabetes

A recent study showed that people with elevated blood glucose levels who participated in 12 weeks of qi-gong mind-body therapy experienced a significant decrease in insulin resistance, along with reductions in weight and waist circumference, as well as improved leg strength. The study, “Qi-Gong Mind-Body Therapy and Diabetes Control: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” involved 16...  Read More »


Massage Eases Metastatic Bone Pain

A research study on the effects of massage therapy for cancer patients with metastatic bone pain indicates massage therapy can significantly reduce pain, improve mood and increase muscle relaxation. The study, “Effects of massage on pain, mood status, relaxation and sleep in Taiwanese patients with metastatic bone pain: A randomized clinical trial,” involved 72 cancer...  Read More »


Exercise and Massage Benefit Breast Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer survivors who participated in a multimodal program, including core stability exercises and post-exercise massage, experienced significant reductions in fatigue and improvements in strength, according to recent research. The study, “Effectiveness of Core Stability Exercises and Recovery Myofascial Release Massage on Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial,” involved 78 breast...  Read More »


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