Massage Therapy

1st Edition

The Evidence for Practice

Authors: Grant Rich
Print ISBN: 9780723432173
eBook ISBN: 9780702037962
Imprint: Mosby Ltd.
Published Date: 11th April 2002
Page Count: 232


The first text of its kind to provide evidence-based research on massage therapy. This much-needed volume presents massage-related research on: stress (post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, depression, abuse), spinal cord injuries, enhancing growth (pregnancy and infancy), pain reduction (rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, migraine, and fibromyalgia), pediatrics, the elderly, increasing emplyee satisfaction (chair massage), enhancing cognition (alertness, autism), and immunity (HIV, cancer).

Table of Contents

SECTION 1: METHODS AND MASSAGE. Introduction. Evidence-based massage therapy: a contradiction in terms? Methodological issues in the design and conduct of massage therapy research.
SECTION 2: MASSAGE RESEARCH ON VARIOUS CONDITIONS. Introduction. Massage therapy for immune disorders. The effect of massage therapy on self-reported anxiety, depressive mood and pain in ovarian cancer patients: a pilot study. An economic evaluation of massage therapy in controlling chemotherapy-induced emesis in women undergoing treatment for breast or ovarian cancer. Massage as a modality to improve health following spinal cord injury.
SECTION 3: MASSAGE ACROSS THE LIFE-SPAN. Introduction. Supplemental tactile and kinesthetic stimulation for preterm infants. Hand massage in the agitated elderly.
SECTION 4: MASSAGE AND THE WORKPLACE. Introduction. Employee outcomes following work-site acupressure and massage.


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About the Author

Grant Rich

Affiliations and Expertise

Massage Therapy Practitioner, Alaska