Research

The importance of Massage Treatments on the human body

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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: Benefits from Massage Theraphy

Studied children with mild to moderate juvenile rheumatoid arthritis who  were massaged by their parents 15 minutes a day for 30 days (and a  control group engaged in relaxation therapy). The children's anxiety and  stress hormone (cortisol) levels were immediately decreased by the  massage, and over the 30-day period their pain decreased on  self-reports, parent reports, and their physician's assessment of pain  (both the incidence and severity) and pain-limiting activities 

Credit: https://academic.oup.com/jpepsy/article/22/5/607/907739

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Benefits of Massage-Myofascial Release Therapy on Pain, Anxiety, Quality of Sleep, Depression, and Quality of Life in Patients with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome characterized by generalized pain, joint rigidity, intense fatigue, sleep alterations, headache, spastic colon, craniomandibular dysfunction, anxiety, and depression. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether massage-myofascial release therapy can improve pain, anxiety, quality of sleep, depression, and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia. A randomized controlled clinical trial was performed. Seventy-four fibromyalgia patients were randomly assigned to experimental (massage-myofascial release therapy) and placebo (sham treatment with disconnected magnotherapy device) groups. The intervention period was 20 weeks. Pain, anxiety, quality of sleep, depression, and quality of life were determined at baseline, after the last treatment session, and at 1 month and 6 months. Immediately after treatment and at 1 month, anxiety levels, quality of sleep, pain, and quality of life were improved in the experimental group over the placebo group. However, at 6 months postintervention, there were only significant differences in the quality of sleep index. Myofascial release techniques improved pain and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia.

Credit: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2011/561753/abs/

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Lower Back Pain is Reduced and Range of Motion Increased After Massage Therapy

 

Study Design: A randomized between-groups design evaluated massage therapy versus relaxation for chronic low back pain.Objectives:  Treatment effects were evaluated for reducing pain, depression, anxiety  and stress hormones, and sleeplessness and for improving trunk range of  motion associated with chronic low back pain.Summary of Background Data: Twenty-four adults (M  age = 39.6 years) with low back pain of nociceptive origin with a  duration of at least 6 months participated in the study. The groups did  not differ on age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity or gender.Methods:  Twenty-four adults (12 women) with lower back pain were randomly  assigned to a massage therapy or a progressive muscle relaxation group.  Sessions were 30 minutes long twice a week for five weeks. on the first  and last day of the 5-week study participants completed questionnaires,  provided a urine sample and were assessed for range of motion.Results:  By the end of the study, the massage therapy group, as compared to the  relaxation group, reported experiencing less pain, depression, anxiety  and improved sleep. They also showed improved trunk and pain flexion  performance, and their serotonin and dopamine levels were higher.Conclusions: Massage therapy is effective in reducing pain, stress hormones and symptoms associated with chronic low back pain.Precis: Adults (M  age = 39.6 years) with low back pain with a duration of at least 6  months received two 30-min massage or relaxation therapy sessions per  week for 5 weeks. Participants receiving massage therapy reported  experiencing less pain, depression, anxiety and their sleep had  improved. They also showed improved trunk and pain flexion performance,  and their serotonin and dopamine levels were higher.

Credit: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/00207450109149744