Research to Support the Effects and Benefits of Massage
1. Low Back Pain
International Journal of Neuroscience; 106, 131-145, 2001.
Lower back pain is reduced and range of motion increased after
2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies; 8,9-14,2004.
Carpal Tunnel Sydrome symptoms are lessened following massage
Journal of Clinical Rheumatology; 2002.
Fibromyalgia pain and substance P are decreased and sleep
improves following massage therapy.
4. High Blood Pressure and associated symptoms
Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies; 4, 31-38, 2000.
High blood pressure and associated symptoms were reduced by
massage therapy, reduction in cortisol stress hormone, reduction
in scores for depression, anxiety and hostility.
5. High Blood Pressure
Biol. Res. Nurs.; 7,98-105, 2005.
The effect of therapeutic back massage in hypertensive persons:
a preliminary study. Results found that systolic BP decreased
over time, as did the diastolic BP.
6. Pain medication use
Archives of Internal Medicine; 161, 1081-8, 2001
262 patients with persistent back pain received traditional
chinese acupuncture, therapeutic massage, or selfcare education
material all over a 10 wek period. Therapeutic massage was
superior to the self care or the acupuncture based on disability
scale administered. The massage group used the least medication
and had the lowest costs of subsequent care.
7. Cardiovascular and relaxation response
American Journal of Chinese Medicine; 29,47-52,2001.
Effects of a 10 minute back massage on the cardiovascular
response in healthy subjects. The results showed that the
central and peripheral components of oxygen consumption were
changed and cardiac output decreased. This indicates that
the massage was effective in inducing a relaxation response.
8. Effects of Myofascial trigger point massage therapy
on cardiac autonomic tone.
Following trigger point massage a significant decrease in
heart rate, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure.
Analysis of heart rate variability recorded a significant
increase in parasympathetic activity (rest and relax). Additionally
both muscle tension and emotional state showed a significant