101 Studies that Highlight the Benefits of Massage

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While pharmacies and western medicine practices are useful and effective in many ways, many people also believe in the holistic healing that the body can offer to itself. Massage and other complementary therapies may be used to heal and cure a massive number of ailments, and these studies were performed to determine what works. If you aren’t sure about the positive impact and the benefits of massage on the body, here’s a rundown of what these studies have to say:

1. Relief from Fibromyalgia Symptoms

A study including more than 400 fibromyalgia was performed in nine randomized trials of massage therapy over a period of five or more weeks. The results indicated that pain was significantly improved, along with anxiety and depression, working almost immediately and functioning as a viable alternative treatment for fibromyalgia. The one symptom that did not seem to benefit from massage was sleep disturbance. Read the full study here…

2. Reduced Abdominal Fat

A pilot study performed on middle-aged women with abdominal obesity included aromatherapy massage and non-aromatherapy (placebo) massage. Each group applied the massages for two weeks and measured weight, appetite, and abdominal circumference. This study indicated evidence that the massage combined with aromatherapy was effective in reducing abdominal obesity in middle aged women. Read the full study here…

benefits of massage blood health3. Massage Promotes Blood Health

Red blood cells work critically to promote health in the body by carrying oxygen to parts of the body and removing carbon dioxide to the lungs so that it can be breathed out. Red blood cells are produced in bone marrow and are necessary from promoting healthy functioning systems. People with anemia may particularly benefit from massage to increase the red blood cells. Read the full study here…

labor pain childbirth4. Reduction of Labor Pain in Childbirth

One of the greatest painful experiences a woman can have is labor and delivery of a baby. This study included 46 women with spontaneous onset of labor and no use of medication. Participants received a 30 minute lumbar massage by a physiotherapist during the active labor phase. The primary outcome was measured on the pain scale using a visual analog. At the end of the treatment, pain severity was significantly lower in the massage group. While not changing the number of hours or other outcomes of labor, massage therapy does have the power to reduce pain severity during the difficult phases. Read the full study here…

benefits of massage for sleep5. Self-Shiatsu Massage for Sleep

Compiled by researchers at the University of Alberta, this recent study seems to show that self-performed Shiatsu massage may work as a sleep aid. This is particularly true for those who have insomnia caused by chronic pain. Pressure techniques, performed by a sample of nine people with chronic pain, seem to help promote sleep almost immediately. Participants sometimes even fall asleep before finishing the treatment. The treatments seem to be related both to physical benefits as well as the cognitive therapy that occupies the attention while the subjects are trying to fall asleep. Read the full study here…

benefits for children with autism6. Benefits for Children with Autism

Families of children with Autism are often searching for ways to help reduce symptoms and increase quality of life. One research study performed in Oregon tested 103 preschoolers with a massage treatment specifically developed for children. The treatment was performed by parents who were trained to massage their children daily. Results showed that overall autism severity decreased by 32% in participants, resulting in improved language and behavior. Sensory problems improved by 38% and sensitivity to texture and touch improved by a significant 49% after 5 months of treatment. Read the full study here…

restless leg syndrome relief7. Restless Leg Syndrome Relief

One case of a 35 year old woman with Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) showed that treatment with trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, and sports massage may be a beneficial treatment. This woman received massage in 45 minute sessions two times per week for three weeks. Based on a log that the subject kept during the time, symptoms of RLS were minimized after two treatments and continued to improve over the period that massages were given. Read the full study here…

adhd improvement8. ADHD Improvement

As Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder continues to grow in prevalence among adolescents as well as adults, alternative options for treatment are being searched out. This study included 28 adolescents with ADHD, divided into two groups. Each group received either massage therapy or relaxation therapy 5 days a week for 2 weeks. The massage therapy group ranked themselves as happier and observers noticed that they were less fidgety after the sessions. Read the full study here…

menstrual pain reduction9. Reduction in Menstrual Pain

All throughout history women have been suffering from pain and anxiety during times of menstruation. This placebo controlled clinical trial was performed on 63 female nurses who ranked their menstrual pain at least 5 on a 10 point scale. Subjects who received self-aromatherapy massage treatment indicated that their menstrual pain and anxiety levels were significantly lower than those in a control group. These results suggest that self-aromatherapy massage performed on the abdomen may be effective in treating women who struggle with menstrual pain and anxiety. Read the full study here…

carpal tunnel10. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptom Reduction

A sensation of numbness and tingling is triggered by pinched nerves in the wrist, referred to as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). This study included 16 adults who were suffering from CTS. Treatment consisted of massage therapy one time a week for four weeks as well as a self-massage routine performed daily at home. Participants experienced higher levels of grip strength, lower levels of perceived pain, and lower levels of depression and anxiety. Results of this study suggest that CTS symptoms can be minimized by daily massage therapy treatment. Read the full study here…

mother infant interaction 11. Increased Interactions Between Mothers and Infants

In an effort to assist with struggles with postnatal (postpartum) depression, this study was conducted to determine if massage helps to increase the mother-child bond. Including 34 postpartum mothers with signs of maternal depression, the experimental group was included in an infant massage class while the control group attended a support group. The sessions were one time per week for five weeks. The mother-infant massage group showed a significant improvement in interactions, with a conclusion that this may be an effective treatment for a healthy mental boost during times of postnatal depression. Read the full study here…

postmenopausal women12. Massage to Promote Sleep in Postmenopausal Women

Everyone knows about hot flashes and anxiety in women who are going through menopause, but it is less commonly known that between 28% and 63% of women who are postmenopausal have experienced insomnia. Massage helps to activate the lymphatic system, circulatory system, and nervous system, improving full body function and re-establishing a balanced equilibrium. The results of this study approved by the Federal University of South Paulo shows that regular massage may help to relieve some of difficulty that women have not only with insomnia but also with depression and anxiety. Read the full study here…

breast cancer patients13. Increased Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Patients

This study, performed in 2008 in Wichita, Kansas, was performed in order to determine din massage therapy had emotional and physical benefits for patients in treatment for breast cancer. Treatment consisted of 30-minute massage per week for three consecutive weeks. Overall, the participants experienced a reduction in several symptoms, including sleep disturbances and anxiety, pointing to an overall higher quality of life and functioning. Patients also reported decreases distress and pain, concluding that massage therapy could work as an effective, natural method for reducing the effective of breast cancer treatment by reducing side effects and improving overall functioning. Read the full study here…

relief from depression14. Relief from Depression

With the intent of studying the effects of massage therapy on mental health (specifically depression) in adolescent mothers, this included 32 participants. They received 30-minute massage therapy or relaxation sessions, two times per week for five weeks. Both groups showed lowered levels of anxiety, but the massage therapy group showed a clinical difference in stress hormone changes, heart rate, and cortisol levels, in addition to behavioral changes. Read the full study here…

social bonding15. Significantly Improved Social Bonding

As the hormone oxytocin is increased and adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH) is decreased in some humans with the use of massage therapy, this study examines the effect on social behaviors in 95 mixed gender people in Los Angeles, California. Blood was drawn prior to and following massage therapy. Results showed an increase in OT, and reduction in ACTH, NO (Nitrous Oxide), and BE (Beta-endorphin) for those in the massage therapy group, concluding that social interactions may be improved for people who have access to massage therapy. Read the full study here…

improved immune system16. Improved Immune System

Light Thai massage, combined with aromatherapy, was used in this study on 66 patients with colorectal cancer who were receiving chemotherapy. Three massages were performed with ginger and coconut oil over a one week period, and the main finding was that the number of immune boosting white blood cells was significantly higher in patients who received massage vs. patients who did not. In addition, the massage treatments may be used to help reduce the severity of chemotherapy symptoms. Read the full study here…

improve brain capacity alertness17. Increased Brain Capacity and Alertness

Who knew that massage could not only make you feel better, but that it could make you smarter too? In this study, 26 adults were given a chair massage while a control group of 24 people were asked to sit in the massage chair and relax for 15 minutes. Treatments/control were performed two times each week for five weeks. Patients’ EEG levels were monitored prior to, during, and after the study on the first and last days. Also, before and after the sessions the participants performed math computations, providing a saliva sample for cortisol, and completed a depression scale. Results indicated that the massage group had lower anxiety, lower depression, lower cortisol levels, and better mental alertness. So if you’re preparing for a difficult mental situation? Try a massage first! Read the full study here…

improved sleep18. Improved Sleep

Neurochemistry experts have found the insomnia may be associated with a lack of serotonin. Patients who have difficulty either falling asleep at night or staying asleep all night regularly for more than six months are considered to be chronic insomniacs. A study through the University of Miami gave 30 minute massages, two times per week for five weeks. A sleep scale was used along with a urine sample to measure serotonin levels. Results indicated that massage patients showed an increase in serotonin levels as well as improved sleep. Read the full study here…

asthma control19. Asthma Control

An increasing problem for the health of children today, asthma causes serious problems with breathing and airway sensitivity. This study included 44 asthmatic children, half of whom were in a control group. Children in the massage group were given 20 minutes of massage each day at bedtime for a month. Results indicated that a long-term massage treatment can result in better tone of the airways as well as less sensitivity, leading to better breathing all around in asthmatic children. Read the full study here…

less postpartum depression20. Less Postpartum Depression

Because of the significant roller coaster of hormones and emotions following childbirth, postpartum depression and anxiety (or “baby blues”) affects a significant number of women. This study sought to determine the effectiveness of slow stroke back massage on anxiety levels on the first days after delivery. 100 mothers with normal deliveries were either in a control group or given 20 minute slow-stroke back massages. Data was collected through self-reporting questionnaires. This inexpensive, natural method was concluded to be effective in lowering anxiety levels on the first postpartum day. Read the full study here…

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reduction in pms21. Reduction in PMS

Since the beginning of time, women have struggled with the symptoms and discomfort associated with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). This study included 24 women with premenstrual dysphoric disorder and two groups were given either massage therapy or relaxation therapy. The group of women who received massage therapy found reductions in depressed mood, anxiety, and pain immediately after the massage sessions. In addition, a long term result of decreased water retention, pain, and distress was noted. Read the full study here…

relief for sore muscles22. Relief for Sore Muscles

A new study, performed on eleven men, has shown that muscles that are kneaded after hard exercise may help the muscles to recover and decrease inflammation. In the study, the men were put through a series of difficult exercises that would typically have made an athlete sore and stiff. Following the workout, the men received a 10-minute Swedish massage in just one leg while the other leg was rested. Muscle tissue in the massaged leg was less inflamed and filled with mitochondria, which is able to absorb oxygen and indicates fitness and health. Read the full study here…

reduction in pain23. Reduction in Pain

Musculoskeletal pain has been reported by at least 20% of adults and has a highly negative impact on the quality of life. This study included 116 clients who noted symptoms of musculoskeletal pain. Treatment was one 60-minute massage session including Swedish Massage Therapy techniques. Data was collected using the Visual Analog Scales for pain and unpleasantness. Even in just a single therapy session, patients reported that both pain and unpleasantness were significantly reduced, implying that massage therapy may be an effective treatment for common musculoskeletal pain. Read the full study here…

tmj symptom reduction24. TMJ Symptom Reduction

TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome) is an ever-elusive condition that is difficult to determine the cause of, as well as difficult to find treatment for. In fact, many insurance companies refuse to treat the condition. The aim of this study was to see if massage therapy would reduce the symptoms of jaw clicking, headache, and pain associated with TMJ. The participant had experienced three years of pain, teeth grinding, clicking, headache, and reduced jaw opening. Massage treatment techniques were used twice a week for 30 minute session over a period of three weeks. The results showed that the patient’s jaw opening increased by almost one-third, pain decreased, and clicking decreased. The conclusion is that massage therapy may be an effective alternative treatment for TMJ. Read the full study here…

cure for tension headaches25. Cure for Tension Headaches

Tension-type headaches are caused by stress, anxiety, and depression, particularly in those with chronic pain. This pilot study was intended to assess the impact of a structured massage therapy on the psychological measures related to tension-type headaches. Sixteen participants (twelve female and four male) received a 45-minute massage two times each week for six weeks. Massage was directed toward the soft tissues of the neck and head areas with an emphasis on the myofascial trigger points. Results indicated that a significant reduction in anxiety was noted following the massage treatments, with a reduction in intensity, frequency, and duration of tension headaches. Read the full study here…

reduction of infantile colic symptoms26. Reduction of Infantile Colic Symptoms

This randomized, controlled trial study was performed on 100 colicky infants aged 12 weeks old or younger. Half were assigned to a massage group and half to a rocking group. Infants in the massage group received 15-20 minutes of massage one time per day and one time at night before sleeping, each day for a week. In the control group, mothers rocked babies for 5-25 minutes when symptoms appeared. Results indicated that the massage therapy group had significantly fewer daily cries, duration of cries was less, and duration of sleep was better. Read the full study here…

open heart surgery patients benefit27. Open Heart Surgery Patients Benefit

As cardiovascular disease has the highest death rate in humans, studies regarding heart patients are critical to extending life expectancy. This study was performed on 72 patients who had undergone coronary artery bypass surgery with two groups—case and control. Patients received 20 minutes of Swedish massage in 4 consecutive days within 3-6 days after their surgery. Patients in the control group received typical care. The mood questionnaire indicated that the patients who received massage showed a positive result on the patients’ mood following surgery, concluding that this could be used as a complement to drugs and other postoperative interventions to promote healing. Read the full study here…

reduction of chronic musculoskeletal pain

28. Reduction of Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

Global estimates have been made that at least 1 in 5 adults suffer from chronic pain of some sort. This pilot study evaluated stress reduction for chronic pain sufferers, based on mindfulness combined with massage. Conducted for eight weeks on 30 patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain, this study concluded that massage therapy, combined with yoga techniques and meditation, is a beneficial treatment to reduce chronic pain. Read the full study here…

increases circulation and alleviates muscle soreness29. Massage Therapy Increases Circulation and Alleviates Muscle Soreness

A study performed by the University of Illinois at Chicago has shown that massage therapy may be used to increase the circulation of the blood as well as minimizing the pain of sore muscles. Improved activity of the circulatory system promotes healthy growth in the skin cells, and may aid with the body’s ability to fight bacteria. This study “validates the value of massage in exercise and injury,” which they claim was previously recognized but based on minimal data.  Read the full study here…

osteoarthritis knee pain30. Reduction of Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Performed by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), this study found that osteoarthritis patients who were treated with massage sessions experienced significant pain relief. The most effective Swedish massage therapies were performed in 60 minute sessions weekly for 8 weeks and the subjects reported pain reduction, with no significant difference in range of motion. Read the full study here…

lowered stress in gerd infants31. Lowered Stress in GERD Infants

Babies who have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) often experience a great deal of stress associated with their symptoms. In this study, 36 babies between the ages of 6 and 10 weeks were assigned to massage or control groups. The massage group babies received a 30-minute massage at home two times a week for six weeks. The infants in the massage group were shown to have decreased salivary cortisol levels, indicating a reduction in stress. Read the full study here…

relieves back pain32. Relieves Back Pain

An integrated health care facility in the Seattle area studied over 400 people with chronic low back pain, concluding that massage therapy is an effective treatment for back pain. Not only that, but relaxation massage and structural massage techniques both may offer benefits that last up to 6 months, or even more. This study was funded primarily by the National Center or Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Read the full study here…

reduction in constipation in the elderly33. Reduction in Constipation in the Elderly

Constipation is one of those seemingly simple maladies that can give rise to a whole collection of others. Sometimes constipation is a symptom of a related disease, such as IBS, diabetes, or stress. This study was performed on elderly people using aromatherapy massage with Lemon, Rosemary, and Peppermint essential oils. The results indicated that those receiving massage with aromatherapy essential oils increased their number of bowel movements and the effect lasted up to two weeks. Read the full study here…

reduced constipation for adults34. Reduced Constipation for Adults

Not only specific to the elderly, this study focused on 60 people with constipation who were randomly placed into two groups. One group received abdominal massage as well as laxative that had been previously prescribed, while another group received only laxatives from earlier prescriptions. Results showed that abdominal massage decreased the severity of gastrointestinal symptoms, including pain, while showing a strong increase of bowel movements when compared to the group only taking laxatives. The conclusion of this study was that massage therapy may work as complementary treatment along with the use of laxatives. Read the full study here…

healing for eating disorders35. Healing for Eating Disorders

In this study performed in 2001, nineteen women diagnosed with anorexia nervosa were either given the standard treatment, or given standard treatment in addition to massage performed two times per week for five weeks. Based on patient reporting, the group receiving the massage therapy in addition to standard treatment had less stress and anxiety. In addition, their cortisol levels were lower. During the treatment, the massage therapy patients also showed increased dopamine and norepinephrine (good hormone) levels. Read the full study here…

lessened heel stick pain infants36. Lessened Heel Stick Pain in Infants

Every parent hates the idea of the heel-stick, the preferred blood-drawing method for infants. This study was performed on 23 preterm infants and pain responses were indicated using the Neonatal Infant Pain Scale (NIPS). Research performed in Alberta, Canada, indicated that leg massage prior to the heel stick caused a decrease in pain responses in pre-term babies. Read the full study here…

reduction in symptoms of menopause37. Reduction in Symptoms of Menopause

As many women struggle with uncomfortable symptoms related to menopause, this study concentrated on the possible benefits of massage as an alternative therapy. This study was made up of 90 menopausal women at a gynecology clinic in Tehran. The women in the experimental group were given a 30 minute aromatherapy massage treatment, two times per week for four weeks. Results showed that the women who received aromatherapy massage ranked significantly lower on the Menopause Rating Scale. The conclusion is that massage is effective for menopausal symptoms, but the aromatherapy combined with massage was even more effective. Read the full study here…

increased flexibility and range of motion38. Increased Flexibility and Range of Motion

In this study, male and female athletes volunteered to receive massage treatment through the use of a roller-massager on the hamstrings. A control group was also monitored. Range of Motion (ROM) was increased by approximately 4% for those who used the roller massager, indicated through the use of a sit and reach test as well as measurement through MVC (Maximal Voluntary Contraction) force before and after the rolling sessions. Read the full study here…

lowered heart rate and blood pressure39. Lowered Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

Swedish massage, in this study performed on women in Malaysia, has been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rates. Massage was used in one hour sessions, once a week for four weeks, and a control group was given the same amount of time to rest instead of having a massage. While both groups showed much lower heart and blood pressure rates, the massage group’s benefit of lowered blood pressure lasted a longer amount of time. Because hypertension is caused by stress, it is not a surprise that Swedish massage therapy would help in reducing this issue. Read the full study here…

mood booster40. Mood Booster

Combined with aromatherapy, massage works effectively to eliminate stressful situations and enhance the overall mood. This study included 8 adults who were given aromatherapy massage once a week for six weeks. Mood improvements were recorded in 75% of patients. To date, there had not yet been very many studies that analyzed the effects of aromatherapy massage on mood, anxiety and relaxation. This pilot study just might be the beginning of some really interesting research. Read the full study here…

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reduction in migraines41. Reduction in Migraines

Reported by the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, one study of 10 men shows that massage techniques may help with pain. The massage manipulation technique was performed on the neck and upper thoracic spine and the headache pain was significantly reduced in following the massage. This effect can be accessed without the side effects brought on by pharmacological treatment. Read the full study here…

nervous system calming with massage and heat42. Nervous System Calming with Massage and Heat

In a large study published by Yonsei Medical Journal in South Korea, 139 volunteers were given a 40 minute daily massage with heat. This treatment was performed five days a week for two weeks and results were measured through heart rate variability (HRV), serum cortisol levels, norepinephrine levels, and sympathetic skin response. Researchers discovered that serum cortisol and norepinephrine levels were significantly decreased, HRV was higher, and nerve conduction levels were healthier, all showing that massage and heat affect the nervous system to reduce stress and provide relaxation with no adverse effects. Read the full study here…

reduced parkinsons disease symptoms43. Reduced Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

Along the same lines as massage producing calming of the nervous system, this study sought to determine if massage therapy was helpful when used to improve the daily lives of patients experiencing Parkinson’s disease. Massage therapy has been shown to increase the release of dopamine, which patients with Parkinson’s disease struggle to produce. This study was performed in 2009 in Ethiopia on two groups of patients, one who used muscle relaxation classes and another who received massage therapy, both two times a week for five weeks. The group receiving massage therapy showed higher levels of improvement in daily activities as well as in their ability to sleep well. Read the full study here…

improved activities for parkinsons patients44. Improved Activities for Parkinson’s Patients

Studying seven participants in 2005, this group of Parkinson’s disease patients was given a one hour, deep whole body therapeutic massage, once per week for eight weeks. The outcomes showed that the participants showed an overall improvement in well-being, self-confidence, walking, and daily activities. Participants were not only observed by researchers but also allowed to participate by offering their own self-measurements through semi-structured interviews both before and after the treatments. Read the full study here…

reduced multiple sclerosis symptoms45. Reduced Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) participated in this study to investigate the effects of massage therapy compared with exercise therapy. Performed in 2013, 48 patients were assigned randomly to four groups including a control group, massage therapy group, exercise therapy group, and combined massage/exercise therapy group. Intervention included 15 sessions of supervised treatment for 5 weeks. The results measured fatigue, pain, spasticity, gait, and quality of life assessments prior to and following the treatments. The results showed that massage therapy offers a significantly larger improvement in pain reduction, balance, and walking speed compared to those in the exercise therapy group. Read the full study here…

reduced agitation46. Reduced Agitation

Nursing home residents who have cognitive impairment may experience agitation including wandering, verbal abuse, socially inappropriate behavior, and disruption. This study researched looked into the effects of massage therapy as a nonpharmacological treatment option. Subjects were treated with 6 days of massage therapy and it was observed that agitation was significantly decreased in those who received massage therapy. Read the full study here…

preterm infants weight gain47. Preterm Infants’ Weight Gain

A study performed on 16 neonatal babies included treatment with 15 minutes of massage therapy three times a day for 5 days. Infants receiving a massage showed a 53% greater weight gain than those in the control group, and also showed more alertness than the babies who did not receive massage therapy. The conclusion is that massage may be used on healthy, low-risk preterm infants to help gain weight and remain alert. Read the full study here…

minimizing of aggression in preschool children48. Minimizing of Aggression in Preschool Children

While many people may not think about the benefits of massage in young children, a long-term study has indicated that children in the 4 to 5-year-old range who have deviant behavior and aggression may be aided. The preschool children in the study received a massage during midday rest while a control group listened to a story. The children who received massage showed a significant decrease in negative behavior after six months of massage treatment. Parents of these same children also reported a strong decrease in the amount of sleep problems in the children. Attention problems, aggressive behavior, and sleep issues all continued to decrease over a 12 month period for children receiving massage. Read the full study here…

reduction in anxiety with facial massage49. Reduction in Anxiety with Facial Massage

Performed on 32 healthy women, this study clarified the effects of 45 minutes of facial massage on the nervous system, mood, and anxiety. It was concluded that this type of facial massage was refreshing to the subjects, reducing psychological distress and activating the sympathetic nervous system. Measurements such as Heart Rate Variability (HRV), State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and Profile of Mood Status (POMS) were used to determine the results of this study performed in 2008. Read the full study here…

reduced fatigue related to cancer50. Reduced Fatigue Related to Cancer

Those fighting against cancer can attest that fatigue is often one of the more prevalent symptoms in the battle. Many cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy treatment feel exhausted, and it has been discovered that a simple back massage may help to minimize fatigue and also increase the mood. This study was performed in 2013 on 40 chemotherapy patients during treatment, and all of them showed that their fatigue was significantly reduced on the next day. Anxiety scores were also decreased right after the massage. Read the full study here…

reduced nausea in chemotherapy patients51. Reduced Nausea in Chemotherapy Patients

Complementing the previous study regarding fatigue in cancer patients, this study researched the effects of massage on nausea and vomiting for pediatric cancer patients. 70 patients between the ages of 4 and 18 years old were included in two groups: a control group and an intervention group. The intervention group received Swedish massage two times prior to chemotherapy and one time afterwards, for 20 minutes each time. Results showed that incidences of nausea and severity of vomiting in those who received massage were significantly less nausea and vomiting in the control group. Read the full study here…

reduced pain in knee patients52. Reduced Pain in Knee Patients

A clinical trial study in the Middle East, including 60 patients with arthroscopic knee surgery, was intended to determine if massage intervention is effective for those recovering from knee surgery. Participants were massaged for 20 minutes each day and the severity of pain was evaluated before and after the massage. Data was analyzed and results showed a significant difference between the severity of pain before and after the massage in the group receiving massages. The conclusion is that massage is an effective and safe nonpharmacological option for treating pain. Read the full study here…

reduced ascites related symptoms53. Reduced Ascites-Related Symptoms in Cancer Patients

Symptoms that many end-stage cancer patients suffer from include depression, pain, nausea, anxiety, and a condition referred to as ascites, which is an abnormal collection of fluid in the abdominal area. This study tested the effects of massage on the abdomen in reducing symptoms of ascites by stimulating the lymph systems. A sample of 80 patients were included in this study performed at an oncology center in Taiwan. A series of 15-minute, gentle abdominal massages were administered two times a day for three days. The results indicated that this abdominal massage did not change pain, appetite or other symptoms, but it did seem to minimize the amount of bloating appearing. Read the full study here…

reduced pain in post operative patients54. Reduced Pain in Post-operative Patients

Patients tend to experience pain and anxiety following surgery. This randomized controlled trial was performed on more than 600 patients at veterans’ hospitals in Michigan and Indiana. The participants were assigned to three groups, one control group, one with 20 minutes of individualized attention from a massage therapist, and one with a back massage for 5 consecutive postoperative days. Results showed that patents receiving massage experienced a significant decrease in pain intensity, pain unpleasantness, and anxiety. The conclusion was that massage therapy works as a safe and effective complementary therapy to relieve acute postoperative pain. Read the full study here…

reduction of inflammation and healing of muscles55. Reduction of Inflammation and Healing of Muscles

Although exercise in general is healthy for you, injuries can occur that cause muscle damage that takes time to heal. The body is able to heal itself, but this study was interested in whether massage helped to promote the body’s own healing processes, resulting in a faster healing time. Performed on 11 male participants, this study focused on exercise-induced muscle damage. Using 10 minutes of massage treatment and 2 ½ hour recovery period, it was determined that massage activated healthy muscle healing signals while minimizing the inflammation response signals. This reduced the cellular stress on the injury, resulting in the conclusion that massage is beneficial to healing from exercise-related injuries. Read the full study here…

reduced neonatal jaundice56. Reduced Neonatal Jaundice

More than half of full-newborns and most of preterm infants are born with jaundice, meaning that they have too much bilirubin in the system that causes the skin to look yellow or even orange. One study has concluded that gentle baby massage on full term infants with neonatal jaundice was able to significantly decrease bilirubin levels. This simple, effective protocol is low maintenance and an easy-to-obtain therapy with little cost. Read the full study here…

chronic pain management57. Chronic Pain Management

This pilot study researched the effectiveness of massage and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in relationship to chronic pain. This randomized trial compared the two alternative techniques with standard care. After 8 weeks of treatment, the massage therapy group showed significant improvement in pain unpleasantness as well as mental health status when compared with the standard group. No significant differences were noted with the MBSR group, concluding that massage is a feasible pain reducer in those suffering from chronic pain. Read the full study here…

blood glucose level control in children58. Blood Glucose Level Control in Children

Swedish massage was used to children with diabetes mellitus (DM) in a study that ran for three months. Massages were performed for 15 minutes, 3 times a week. Results following massage therapy showed significantly lower glucose levels in comparison with levels before the massage. The conclusion was that, in addition to healthy routines such as exercise, diet, and medication, Swedish massage works as an effective treatment for reducing blood sugar levels in diabetic children. Read the full study here…

benefits to rheumatoid arthritis patients59. Benefits to Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

This study was performed on 42 adult patients who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. The question in this study was related to whether a moderate pressure or light pressure massage was more effective. The upper limbs of the patients were massaged once a week for four weeks, in addition to teaching the participant self-massage to be performed one time each day. Ultimately, those participants using moderate massage therapy were found to have less pain, greater range of motion, and greater grip strength by the end of the month, in comparison to those receiving light pressure massage therapy. The lesson here is that massage therapy is healing for those with rheumatoid arthritis, and should be applied on a moderate setting. Read the full study here…

improvement in benign prosttatic hyperplasia60. Improvement in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Enlargement of the prostate gland is also known as BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia) and affects a larger number of men as they get older. This study aimed to determine if massage therapy was effective to reduce the symptoms of BPH. Massages were carried out on a group of 43 men who were given a medical massage of the abdominal cavity. Results showed that every case studied showed an improvement in the symptoms related to BPH and it may be effective when used as a complementary therapy to improve the quality of life. Read the full study here…

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reduction in shoulder pain61. Reduction in Shoulder Pain

This study included 26 participants, a control group and a group who received six soft tissue massage sessions. The group who received massage treatment were shown to have experienced improvements in range of motion and reduction in pain when compared to the control group. They ended up concluding that soft tissue massage around the shoulder is effective in improving range of motion, pain and function – in patients with shoulder pain.  Read the full study here…

relief from chronic neck pain62. Relief from Chronic Neck Pain

Chronic pain in the neck can have various cause. This study was performed in 2009 with 64 patients divided randomly into two groups. One group received 10 massage over ten weeks while another group received a self-care book for patients with chronic neck pain. Results indicated that the massage participants were more likely to have experienced significant improvement from chronic neck pain, at the very least in the short term. Read the full study here…

chronic neck pain relieved by longer massages63. Chronic Neck Pain Relieved by Longer Massages

This study was performed on 228 individuals who suffer from chronic, nonspecific neck pain. Five different groups were given different doses of massage, all over a four week period. After adjusting for the baseline age, it was determined that 60 minute treatments offered a significant improvement of neck pain intensity as well as dysfunction. The conclusion was drawn that multiple 60 minute massages were much more effective than fewer/shorter (30 minute) massage sessions. Read the full study here…

dyspnoea improvement64. Dyspnoea Improvement

Patients who are diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), asthma, and other health problems often experience dyspnoea, which is difficulty breathing. This difficulty breathing is often increased by stress and anxiety. Accupressure massage has been shown to increase relaxation and help with clear breathing. This study was performed on 44 COPD patients, using Accupressure massage on specific pressure points in 16 minute sessions, five times per week, for four weeks. The results showed that this treatment significantly improved the patients’ ability to intake oxygen, concluding that this treatment may be used as a nursing intervention tool. Read the full study here…

reduced essential tremor severity65. Reduced Essential Tremor Severity

A neurological disorder called Essential Tremor (ET) causing shaking in certain body parts. This is a progressive disease, often treated through prescription medication. This study was performed on a 63 year old female whose hands and head were primarily affected by ET. Massage treatment was given in five consecutive weekly session. After each session it was noted that the tremor had decreased and fine motor skills were improved. In addition, the participant reported increased cervical range function. The conclusion suggests that tremors may be eased by massage therapy sessions. Read the full study here…

improved healing of burn scars66. Improved Healing of Burn Scars

This study included 146 burn patients who had hypertropic scars, divided into a control group and an experimental treatment group. In addition to standard rehabilitation treatment, the experimental group also received burn scar massage therapy. Results showed that pain, pruritus, and scar characteristics were improved following the treatment. Read the full study here…

better balance for the elderly67. Better Balance for the Elderly

Accidental deaths in the elderly occur from falls more than any other cause. This study was intended to determine if massage therapy treatment is effective in helping with balance, neurological issues, heart rate, and blood pressure in individuals who are older and healthy. The treatment applied a 60 minute full body therapeutic massage while the control group rested quietly. Results indicated that massage therapy was helpful to have a stabilizing effect on static and dynamic balance, as well as psychological factors related to stability. Full body massage may be an effective treatment for healthy elderly persons who need to maintain their balance. Read the full study here…

reduction in child and adolescent anxiety68. Reduction in Child and Adolescent Anxiety

This study was performed on 52 children and adolescents in a psychiatric hospital for depression and adjustment disorder. A control group viewed relaxing videotapes while the experimental group received a massage. Compared with the control group, the children receiving massage showed lower saliva cortisol levels, indicating less anxiety. In addition, nurses rated the participants as more cooperative and less anxious, with increased nighttime sleep. These results indicate that massage may be effective when used as an alternative therapy for depressed and anxious children. Read the full study here…

increased health in neonates69. Increased Health in Neonates

Performed in 2008, this study included 104 infants with very low birth weight who were born prior to 32 weeks gestational age. Maternal massage was performed four times each day on the face and limbs. The results indicated that the length of hospital stay was decreased and the incidence of late onset neonatal sepsis was decreased as well. The conclusion is that maternal massage therapy could be effectively used to promote health in premature babies. Read the full study here…

relief for fibromyalgia70. Relief for Fibromyalgia

Another study performed on 30 fibromyalgia patients in 1996 provided 30 minute massage therapy session two times each week for a period of five weeks. Lower anxiety and depression was reported by the massage therapy subjects, and lower cortisol levels were recorded immediately following the massage therapy sessions on the first and last days of the study. The massage therapy group also showed improvement on the dolorimeter measure of pain, while subjects reported less stiffness and fatigue, less pain in the last week, and fewer nights of sleep difficulty. The conclusion was that massage therapy was more effective than the comparison study which used Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS). Read the full study here…

immunity increase in leukemia patients71. Immunity Increase in Leukemia Patients

This study was created to consider whether massage therapy may be used as a complementary therapy to boost the immune systems of patients with leukemia. Twenty children with leukemia were provided with a daily massage therapy, performed by their parents. Compared to a standard control group, the patients receiving massage therapy were shown to have less depression as well as increased white blood cell count and increased neutrophil counts. The conclusion is that massage may work to benefit the immune systems of those with leukemia. Read the full study here…

reduced low back pain72. Reduced Low Back Pain

The Canadian Medical Association published research in 2000 that compared 3 types of massage therapy with a placebo treatment on participants experiencing subacute low-back pain (for a duration of between one week and eight months). Participants received 6 treatments with one month. The results of the study performed on more than 100 subjects showed that comprehensive massage therapy resulted in improved function, less intense pain, and decrease in the quality of pain. This research indicates that massage therapy is beneficial to those with subacute low-back pain and may be used as a complementary, natural therapy. Read the full study here…

immune system boost73. Immune System Boost

Another study perpetuating the idea that massage therapy is not only a treatment for illness, but also could work as preventative medicine in some cases. This study, performed in Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, considered subjects who received 45 minutes of deep Swedish massage, or 45 minutes of light touch massage therapy. Prior to the study, participants were fitted with IV catheters for the purpose of taking blood samples during the trial. Blood samples were collected before and after the massage. Research indicated that those in the Swedish massage group experienced positive benefits including an increase in white blood cells and a decrease in the stress hormone cortisol and cytokines. Read the full study here…

reduced constipation in ms patients74. Reduced Constipation in MS Patients

People with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are often affected by constipation, which has a negative impact on their daily quality of life and comfort. This study was published in 2010 and was used to learn whether abdominal massage was an effective form of natural treatment for those with constipation related to MS. The study was performed on 30 patients with multiple sclerosis as well as constipation. Participants in the intervention group were taught how to deliver abdominal massage and it was performed daily for four weeks. The results showed that the massage therapy group improved significantly when measured against the Constipation Scoring System (CSS). Read the full study here…

reduced symptoms of metastatic bone patients75. Reduced Symptoms of Metastatic Bone Patients

Patients with metastatic bone cancer were included in this randomized clinical trial performed in Taiwan. Pain in those with metastatic cancer is highly likely to be experienced and quality of life is likely to be disrupted in up to almost half of patients. This trial showed that massage therapy works effectively in patients with cancer not only for reducing pain as well as benefitting the mood, sleep quality, and muscle relaxation for at least 16-18 hours following intervention. Read the full study here…

infant health benefits from massage with oil76. Infant Health Benefits from Massage with Oil

This study was performed on full-term, healthy infants who were massaged with various types of massage oil, and one control group. Published in 2000, results showed that the massage performed on the infants was effective in producing healthy growth including increased weight, length, and mid-arm and mid-leg circumferences. The conclusion is that infant massage improves growth as well as post massage sleep and can safely be used to increase infant health in a natural manner. Read the full study here…

mental and physical health in infants77. Mental and Physical Health in Infants

Information was gathered that focused on whether or not massage therapy was effective for the mental and physical development of infants under the age of 6 months. Data from several different studies was combined from several years of research showed that massage performed on infants in healthy in a number of ways. One study definitively showed that infant massage was beneficial in reducing illness on a group of Korean orphan children. Other studies showed that significant benefits were attained in sleep, growth, crying, and bilirubin levels in babies who received massage therapy. Still other studies suggested improved mother-infant interaction, relaxation and sleep, reduced crying, and stress-controlling hormone levels. Read the full study here…

bone marrow transplant78. Bone Marrow Transplant

The purpose of this study was to discover whether massage therapy has an impact on the physical and psychological measures in bone marrow transplant patients. The treatment consisted of 20 minute massage sessions including neck, head, shoulder, and facial massage. Depression, mood, and anxiety were observed at various points throughout the treatment. Data showed that patients in the massage therapy group showed a significant decrease in the amount and severity of distress, nausea, fatigue, and state anxiety. The conclusion is that massage therapy may be an effective complementary treatment to reduce symptoms experienced by those going through a bone marrow transplant. Read the full study here…

improvement acute and critical care patients79. Improvement Acute and Critical Care Patients

Patients in acute and critical care settings often are negatively affected by symptoms such as difficulty sleeping and relaxing. Interventions in this review of studies included back massage in addition to aromatherapy massage. Participants included people with various ailments including cancer, fibromyalgia, burns, as well as hospice and surgical patients. Massage therapy was shown here to be useful in the reduction of pain as well as increased relaxation and sleep, and the most consistent effect of massage was reduced anxiety. Read the full study here…

reduced stress in nurses80. Reduced Stress in Nurses

A growing number of studies are indicating that mental health can be improved naturally, through the use of massage therapy. One study was published by Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, revealing that nurses who receive massage during work hours feel significantly better. Improved symptoms include shoulder tension, headache, fatigue, insomnia, and pain. This study continues to purport the idea that massage used in the workplace may be an effective way to increase employee health and productivity. Read the full study here…

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positive benefits on immune function81. Positive Benefits on Immune Function

This study was performed on normal, healthy individuals in 2010 at the University of California. Research sought to discover if the immune and neuroendocrine function in healthy adults are benefitted by massage therapy, and this study used Swedish Massage Therapy as the mode of intervention. Healthy adults ranging from 18 to 45 years old participated with 45 minutes of treatment, measuring levels of oxytocin, AVP, cortisone, adrenal corticotropin hormone (ACTH), lymphocyte markers and cytokine levels. Data gathered from this study suggests that even just a single session of Swedish Massage Therapy offers significant biological benefits including the possibility of managing autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. Read the full study here…

increased immune system function82. Increased Immune System Function

This study, performed in Atlanta Georgia in 2012, set to gather information about the effects of repeated Swedish Massage Therapy on the immune systems. Similar to the last study but extended over a period of five weeks (rather than a single session), results were measured using oxytocin, adrenal hormone, AVP, cortisol levels, cytokine function, and lymphocyte markers. Patients received 45 minutes of SMT either weekly or two times per week for five weeks. Results indicate that there are sustained, cumulative positive effects on the health of the immune system, persisting for up to a week. This concludes that those receiving regular, long term massage therapy may experience a healthier immune system. Read the full study here…

hand massage reduces agitation in elderly83. Hand Massage Reduces Agitation in Elderly

Elderly people with certain mental and physical conditions have a tendency to become confused and agitated. This study sought to determine if massage (combined with calming music) would be helpful in minimizing the agitated state. The experimental design included four groups with repeated measures, testing the effect of 10 minutes of hand massage alone, calming music alone, massage and calming music combined, or no intervention. Results indicated that all of the groups with intervention experience reduction in agitation for up to one hour following treatment, concluding that massage therapy may be a helpful treatment option to provide calm and relaxation for elderly patients. Read the full study here…

minimized anxiety and pain from surgery84. Minimized Anxiety and Pain from Surgery

This study consisted of a systematic review and meta-analysis on data compiled through a number of studies from various sources. The treatments typically did not compare massage therapy to a “sham” (placebo) treatment but were based upon the intensity of pain and the severity of the pain following surgical procedures. Almost all of the studies revealed in some form or another that massage therapy may be an effective intervention treatment to relieve post-surgical pain. Several of the studies also had significant data revealing that a reduction in anxiety could also be expected from massage therapy. Read the full study here…

good for pregnancy and marriage85. Good for Pregnancy and Marriage

Pregnancy can be a stressful time in a marriage and family. This study was meant to learn if massage performed by the father for the pregnant wife would help in any way. Reported by the Journal of Bodywork and Movement in 2005, this research showed that fathers who learned to massage their pregnant wives helped to reduce their own anxiety as well as improving the marital adjustment. Read the full study here…

healing from abuse86. Healing from Abuse

In addition to providing a myriad of physical healing benefits, massage therapy also offers the ability to provide increased mental and emotional health. In this study, women who had been victims of sexual abuse were placed in either a massage therapy intervention group or a relaxation therapy control group. Immediately following the massage, the women reported less anxiety and depression, and their salivary cortisol levels were decreased. This treatment continued two times per week for a period of one month. While the relaxation group also reported decreased anxiety and depression, there was no change in the stress hormones, plus there were reports of increasingly negative attitudes regarding touch. Read the full study here…

relief for chronic low back pain87. Relief for Chronic Low Back Pain

This study was performed on a back patient with four different diagnoses together, including osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and scoliosis. This 63-year-old man was given four massage over a four week period. Progress was self-reported by the patient and the Oswestry Low Back Pain Scale was used. Results were promising as nine out of ten of the measurements were reported as improved. The most dramatic difference was in the ability to walk, ride a bicycle, and decrease his pain medication usage. The conclusion is that massage therapy continues to be a natural treatment that may be effective for patients with chronic low back pain with various causes. Read the full study here…

eases fibromyalgia pain88. Eases Fibromyalgia Pain

Because this condition is so difficult to find relief for in traditional western medicine, many people have turned to alternative medicine options to find help. A study published in the European Journal of Pain was performed on 23 fibromyalgia patients and compared them to 23 control subjects. Participants were given a series of 15 connective tissue massage sessions over a period of ten weeks. Benefits increased gradually over the ten weeks with reduced depression, less use of medication, and better quality of life. Six months following the study, patient pain levels were back to about 90% of the original level. This concludes that fibromyalgia patients can benefit from massage, but may need to continue this regularly for the long term. Read the full study here…

better work performance89. Better Work Performance

This study not only looked at massage therapies for healing, but studied the effects when a massage chair is employed in the workplace. The question is whether massaged given to workers as part of a wellness program are beneficial. Several studies have indicated that just 15 minutes of an armchair or acupressure massage may not only reduce stress, but also can increase brain function. Employees may find an increased overall sense of well-being that leads to better work performance. Some workers even showed better accuracy and speed in completing math equations, indicating that a massage chair for the workplace may be a beneficial investment. Read the full study here…

quicker recovery for bodybuilders90. Quicker Recovery for Bodybuilders

Since bodybuilding is truly the intentional tearing of muscles so that they “bulk up” when they heal, a great deal of pain and injury can be involved with this sport. Participants in this study were 30 experienced adult male bodybuilders, 15 in a massage group and 15 in a control group. The massage group received 30 minute massages after exercise and the control group maintained the usual passive recovery. Results indicated that the massage group demonstrated on overall better recovery rate, showing that post-workout massage may lead to an improvement in performance and recovery. Read the full study here…

reducing seasonal affective disorder91. Reducing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Winter months bring with them shorter days, longer dark periods, and often even depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder is recognized as a major depressive disorder, and this study found that people with anxiety and depression could benefit from massage. Women in this study benefitted from massage by feeling less anxiety with reduced anger and depression. The longer-term impact resulted in increased levels of serotonin. Read the full study here…

reduced cocaine cravings92. Reduced Cocaine Cravings

This specific type of massage, External Qigong Therapy (EQT), was developed in China and works as a powerful massage and energy system that integrates the mind and breathing with the body. This pilot study included 101 cocaine dependent people who had recently quit using and were early in the process of residential treatment. Sessions were provided for 15 minutes 2-3 times per week for two weeks. Results showed that subjects with EQT showed marginally significant reductions in cravings. Read the full study here…

benefits for post surgery mastectomy patients93. Benefits for Post-Surgery Mastectomy Patients

Involving 64 women between the ages of 26 and 86 who had received either unilateral or bilateral mastectomy surgery, this study sought to determine if massage would be helpful to these patients. Participants received massages which were tailored to their specific needs, resulting in relaxation, stress relief, pain reduction, and overall feeling of well-being. The women who gave feedback noted that they would recommend this therapy to others following breast surgery. Read the full study here…

aid to disaster evacuees94. Aid to Disaster Evacuees

The stress of being removed from your home during an emergency is great. This report was generated based on a team of massage therapists and acupuncturists who provided complementary care in Japan following an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. More than 550 evacuees received these natural therapies, receiving common complaints of pain and stiffness in the back, shoulder, and lumbar areas. This report indicated that more than 90% of the people receiving treatment were satisfied and received benefits from the massage. Read the full study here…

pain and nausea relief in pediatric transplant patients95. Pain and Nausea Relief in Pediatric Transplant Patients

Fifteen children undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) for cancer treatment were part of a study that involved hospital stays between 23 and 110 days. This type of transplantation is well known for being one of the most painful treatments in modern medicine. HCT patients were given 10-30 minute massage treatments from qualified therapists up to three times per week during their hospital stays. Patients reported that improved sleep and relaxation, as well as increased comfort were some of the results experienced. Read the full study here…

heart health massage benefits96. Heart Health Benefits

Another study conducted in 2013 has indicated that regular massage therapy is effective for heart health. Published by the International Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2013, this study showed that immediate results of lowered blood pressure lasted for up to 72 hours after treatment for massage. Medical professionals may find that massage therapy is a natural, non-pharmacological intervention that could be used to control blood pressure in pre-hypertensive people. Read the full study here…

improved function for ms patients97. Improved Function for MS Patients

Twenty-four patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis participated in this study that included 45-minute full-body massages as well as lower limb massages given two times per week for four weeks. Assessments conducted prior to and following the treatments indicated that patients who received massage therapy experienced an overall improvement in quality of life with the benefit of stress management. Read the full study here…

benefits for schizophrenia98. Benefits for Schizophrenia

Shiatsu massage therapy has been shown to be possibly effective in helping with various physical and mental deficiencies. This study consisted of eight 40-minute biweekly massage sessions performed on twelve hospitalized chronic schizophrenia patients. Results were measured with several different assessment tools, indicating a significant improvement on all scales of psychopathology as well as side effects. Read the full study here…

induction of labor in post term pregnancies99. Induction of Labor in Post-Term Pregnancies

Some medical professionals have indicated that women who are pregnant for more than 42 weeks may experience some adverse effects. This study included 66 pregnant women who were at 40 years of gestation and were taught self-massage Shiatsu techniques. Results indicated that post-term women who used Shiatsu massage were significantly more likely to labor spontaneously than those who did not use Shiatsu. Read the full study here…

reduction of illness in third world children100. Reduction of Illness in Third World Children

This study, performed on orphaned children in Ecuador, considered the impact of massage on diarrhea. As one of the leading causes of death among infants and young children in the developing world, the search for natural relief for diarrhea is critical. This project consisted of daily infant massage therapies by orphanage staff or volunteers, lasting an average of 53 days. Results indicated that infants receiving massage were much less likely to experience diarrhea, or illness of any kind. Read the full study here…

enhanced motor development in down syndrome children101. Enhanced Motor Development in Down Syndrome Children

Conducted at the School of Medicine at the University of Miami, this study was performed on 21 preschool children with Down Syndrome. Children in the massage group received two 30 minute massages each week for two months. Functional levels were assess at the beginning and end of the series of treatments. Results indicated that the children who received massage showed greater improvement in gross and fine motor function and a decrease in severity of limb hypotonicity. Read the full study here…

Benefits of Massage – Conclusion

Of course, more studies continue to be performed to determine the exact impact massage can make on various ailments. However, the overall conclusion from these studies is that massage therapy is extremely beneficial, safe, affordable, and effective for a myriad of ailments or simply to improve general health. Furthermore, we believe that massage chairs provide added value by making regular massage (even daily!) more affordable than ever. Are massage chairs worth it? We think so… 🙂 Click the button below to see reviews for the very best massage chairs available today.

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