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Massage Therapy Research

Written by the Director of the world-renowned Touch Research Institutes, this book examines the practical applications of important massage therapy research findings. Each chapter of this comprehensive resource provides a clear and authoritative review of what is reliably known about the effects of touch for a variety of clinical conditions such as depression, pain management, movement problems, and functioning of the immune system. Coverage also includes the benefits of massage to specific populations such as pregnant women, neonates, infants, and adolescents. This book is suitable for massage therapists (including Shiatsu practitioners), aromatherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, physical therapists, and nurses.

Massage therapists (including Shiatsu practitioners)
Physical therapists/physiotherapists

Paperback, 272 Pages

Published: May 2006

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-10201-1


  • 1. Massage Therapy Research Methods

    2. Reducing Prematurity

    Study 1 Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy

    Study 2 Massage therapy effects on depressed pregnant women

    Study 3 Fetal activity following stimulation of the mother’s abdomen, feet and hands

    3. Enhancing Growth and Development

    Study 1 Stable preterm infants gain more weight and sleep less after five days of massage therapy

    Study 2 Vagal activity, gastric motility and weight gain in massaged preterm neonates

    Study 3 Massage therapy by parents improves early growth and development

    Study 4 Sleep problems in infants decrease following massage therapy

    4. Increasing Attentiveness

    Study 1 Massage enhances congnitive performance in normal infants

    Study 2 Preschooler’s cognitive performance improves following massage

    Study 3 Autism symptoms decrease following massage therapy

    Study 4 Massage therapy improves mood and behaviour of students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

    Study 5 Massage therapy of moderate and light pressure and vibrator effects on EEG and heart rate

    Study 6 Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness and math computations

    5. Decreasing Depression and Aggression

    Study 1 EEG during lavender and rosemary exposure in infants of depressed and non-depressed mothers

    Study 2 Massage and music therapies attenuate frontal EEG asymmetry in depressed adolescents

    Study 3 Aggressive adolescents benefit from massage therapy

    6. Improving Neuromuscular Function

    Study 1 Massage therapy and relaxation effects on university dance students

    Study 2 Spinal cord patients benefit from massage therapy

    Study 3 Cerebral palsy in children decreased after massage therapy

    Study 4 Children with Down Syndrome improved in motor function and muscle tone following massage therapy

    Study 5 Parkinson’s symptoms are reduced by massage therapy

    7. Movement Studies

    Study 1 Creative movement therapy benefits children with autism

    Study 2 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: benefits from Tai Chi

    Study 3 Movement and massage therapy reduce fibromyalgia pain

    Study 4 Senior citizens benefit from movement therapy

    8. Pain Reduction

    Study 1 Children’s distress during burn treatment is reduced by massage therapy

    Study 2 Lower back pain is reduced and range of motion increased after massage therapy

    Study 3 Fibromyalgia pain and substance P decrease and sleep improves after massage therapy

    Study 4 Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are lessened following massage therapy

    9. Enhancing Immune Function

    Study 1 HIV adolescents show improved immune function following massage therapy

    Study 2 Leukaemia immune changes following massage therapy

    Study 3 Breast cancer patients have improved immune and neoroendocrine functions following massage therapy

    Study 4 Natural killer cells and lymphocytes are increased in women with breast cancer following massage therapy

    Appendix I: Sleep States and Brazelton Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale

    Appendix II: Massage Therapy Abstracts


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