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Massage for Health & Wellness

 Massage therapy is now being considered as an addition to health and wellness, instead of look at as just pampering.  Individuals are receiving massage therapy to assist with certain medical conditions.

 71% of consumers agree that massage therapy should be considered a form of healthcare.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Source: American Massage Therapy Association

 
Massage being recommended by doctors

 
12% of people who receive massage therapy were referred by their doctor

 51% of respondents indicated that they were encouraged by their doctor to receive a massage in 2016, up from 48% in 2014.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Source: American Massage Therapy Association

 

 Massage Research

A growing body of research shows the efficacy of massage therapy for certain health conditions.  Although more research is needed, massage has been shown to be helpful for the following conditions:


Infants – "facilitates weight gain in preterm infants, enhances attentiveness, alleviates depressive symptoms, reduces pain, reduces stress hormones, improves immune function" 

The Touch Research Institute. Retrieved from http://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/

May help with Immune System functioning –"Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to combat viruses. According to research from Cedars-Sinai, participants in a Swedish massage group experienced significant changes in lymphocytes, which play a large role in defending the body from disease. A lymphocyte is one of the three subtypes of white blood cells in the immune system"

Massage Therapy May Boost Immune System Functioning.    Retrieved from https://www.amtamassage.org/research/Massage-Therapy-Research-Roundup/Research-Roundup0.html

 Fibromyalgia – The University Of Miami School of Medicine, Touch Research Institute, has conducted various studies regarding the benefits of massage therapy. In a study geared to fibromyalgia patients, it was concluded that massage therapy provided the following benefits: increased serotonin level, decreased circulating stress hormones, decreased levels of substance P (basically a pain messenger), decreased tender point pain, improved sleep patterns, and improved overall sense of well-being. The principal investigators stated that massage therapy is a clinically significant complimentary treatment for fibromyalgia.

Muzio, Sharon.  Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia: A Therapist's Point of ViewRetrieved from https://www.fmcpaware.org/massage-for-fibromyalgia-a-therapist-s-point-of-view.html

 Anxiety – There was a study done looking at the levels of cortisol, serotonin and dopamine.  In studies in which the activating neurotransmitters (serotonin and dopamine) were assayed in urine, an average increase of 28% was noted for serotonin and an average increase of 31% was noted for dopamine. These studies combined suggest the stress-alleviating effects (decreased cortisol) and the activating effects (increased serotonin and dopamine) of massage therapy on a variety of medical conditions and stressful experiences.

Field T1, Hernandez-Reif M, Diego M, Schanberg S, Kuhn C. Int J Neurosci. 2005 Oct;115(10):1397-413 Cortisol Decreases and Serotonin and Dopamine Increase Following Massage Therapy. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16162447

 Tension headaches (American Journal of Public Health) – although more studies are neeedd, one scientific research study has been conducted on the effects of massage therapy for chronic tension headaches.  The study found that there was a decrease in neck pain after subjects received 10 one hour upper body massages over a two week period.

Christopher Quinn, DC, Clint Chandler, BS, and Albert Moraska, PhD.  Am J Public Healthv.92(10); Oct 2002.  Massage Therapy and Frequency of Chronic Tension Headaches .  Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1447303/


Insomnia from stress – it is estimated that 50-70 millions Americans experience sleep issues that affect their health.      


                                          Research is indicating that massage can improve sleep in:

                                                             -Children and adolescents

                                                             -Those with psychiatric disorders

                                                             -Those who are hospitalized or institutionalize

                                                              -Those with lower back pain

                                                              -Adults

                                                              -Those with cerebral palsy

                                                              -Those with fibromyalgia
                                                               -Those with insomnia
                                                               -Those in pain
                                                                -Those with hand pain
                                                                -Those with cancer
                                                                -Infants
                                                                 -Those who have had heart surgery

                                                                 -Those with breast disease
                                                                 -Those with migraines
                                                                 -Caretakers of hospitalized individuals
                                                                 -The elderly
Massage Therapy Can Help Improve Sleep. (2012, Oct) Retrieved fromhttps://www.amtamassage.org/approved_position_statements/Massage-Therapy-Can-Help-Improve-Sleep.html Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  (2011) Sleep and Sleep Disorders.  Retrieved on Jan 9, 2012 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/sleep/.   Institute of Medicine. (2006).  Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.   Field, T., Morrow, C. Calderon, Cl, Larson, S., Kuhn, C., Schanberg, S. (1992).  Massage reduces anxiety in children and adolescent psychiatric patient.s. J Am Acad Child A.dolescent Psychiatry. 31 (1): 125-31.

 TMJ –  Results from a study conduced by Melissa Joan Pierson showed an increase in maximal opening from 3.1cm to 3.8cm, an overall increase in neck range of motion, a decrease in muscle hypertonicity using the Wendy Nickel’s Scale, a decrease in pain from 7/10 to 3/10 on a numerical pain scale, and a decline in stress.

Melissa Joan Pierson  Int J Ther Massage Bodywork v.4(4); 2011. Changes in Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Symptoms Following Massage Therapy: A Case Report.  Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3242647/

 Arthritis – massage can significantly reduce pain for people with arthritis according to Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, who’s conducted a number of studies on the benefits of massage.  Regular massage led to improvements in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall function of the joints.

Bernstein, Susan.  Benefits of Massage. Retrieved from  http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/other-therapies/massage/massage-benefits.php

 Osteoarthritis of the Knee -  study published in 2006 in at the University of Medicine and Dentristry of NJ examine 68 adults with knee osteoarthritis receiving two Swedish massages per week for 8 weeks compared to a group who received no massage.  The massage group reported significant improvements in knee pain, stiffness, function, range of motion and walking the researchers found.

Adam I. Perlman ,Ather Ali,Valentine Yanchou Njike,David Hom,Anna Davidi,Susan Gould-Fogerite,Carl Milak,David L. Katz

(2012, Feb 8).  Massage Therapy for Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized Dose-Finding Trial. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0030248  Retrieved from http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0030248

 Multiple Sclerosis -  a recent pilot study showed significant benefits of regular massage over six weeks to reduce fatigue, pain and spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis.

(2017, Feb 2). New Research: Massage Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis. Retrieved from https://www.amtamassage.org/articles/1/News/detail/3627?src=homecarousel

 Low back pain – a study on massage and back pain conducted at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami in 2001 found that massage lessened lower back pain, depression and anxiety, and improved sleep.

Mueller, Beth.  (2002, May 10).  Massage Therapy for Lower Back Pain.  Retrieved from https://www.spine-health.com/wellness/massage-therapy/massage-therapy-lower-back-pain


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome –   There was a study in which 21 participants receive 30 min of massage twice a week for 6 weeks.  Carpal tunnel questionnaires, the Phalen, Tinel and two-point discrimination tests provided outcome assessment.  The results demonstrated significant change in symptom severity and functional status from two weeks.  Based on this study, the combination of massage and trigger-point therapy is a viable treatment option for carpal tunnel syndrome and offers a new treatment approach. 

Elliott R1, Burkett B. 2013 Jul;17(3):332-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2012.12.003. Epub 2012 Dec 23. Massage Therapy as an Effective Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23768278

 



 

 

 

Massage Therapy Research & Helpful Links

Massage Therapy May Boost Immune System Functioning.  Retrieved from https://www.amtamassage.org/research/Massage-Therapy-Research-Roundup/Research-Roundup0.html

The Touch Research Institute. Retrieved from

http://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/

"A study published in 2006 in at the University of Medicine and Dentristry of NJ examine 68 adults with knee osteoarthritis receiving two Swedish massages per week for 8 weeks compared to a group who received no massage.  The massage group reported significant improvements in knee pain, stiffness, function, range of motion and walking the researchers found"

"Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to combat viruses. According to research from Cedars-Sinai, participants in a Swedish massage group experienced significant changes in lymphocytes, which play a large role in defending the body from disease. A lymphocyte is one of the three subtypes of white blood cells in the immune system"

Massage therapy research from the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine by PhD Tiffany Field has shown that massage therapy "facilitates weight gain in preterm infants, enhances attentiveness, alleviates depressive symptoms, reduces pain, reduces stress hormones, improves immune function"


Bernstein, Susan. Benefits of Massage.  Retrieved from http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/other-therapies/massage/massage-benefits.php

Massage Therapy May Boost Immune System Functioning

Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences - http://www.swedishinstitute.edu/


Touch Research Institute - http://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/


American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) - http://www.amtamassage.org


Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP) - https://www.abmp.com/


Massage Therapy Foundation - http://massagetherapyfoundation.org/


National Center for  Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) - https://nccih.nih.gov/


National Institutes of Health (NIH) - https://www.nih.gov/


International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork - http://www.ijtmb.org/index.php/ijtmb







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