Below are special resources covering massage, chair massage and related products or services that may benefit or inform you about health and wellness.
Massage beats Phyiscal Therapy (PT) for Low Back Pain in Study. Please click this link for Massage beats PTin low back pain study to view/print your copy of an article on May/June 2015 Massage and Bodywork Magazine detailing a study where massage therapy (MT) clients had better outcomes with Massage Therapy than with PT. PT sessions included exercise, ultrasound and TENS treatment, yet MT results were better. This is Good NEWS!
Field, T., Ironson, G., Scafidi, F., Nawrocki, T., Goncalves, A., Burman, I., Pickens, J., Fox, N., Schanberg, S., & Kuhn, C. (1996). Massage therapy reduces anxiety and enhances EEG pattern of alertness and math computations. International Journal of Neuroscience, 86, 197-205.
METHOD: Twenty-six adults were given a chair massage and 24 control group adults were asked to relax in the massage chair for 15 minutes, two times per week for five weeks. On the first and last days of the study they were monitored for EEG before, during and after the sessions. In addition, before and after the sessions they performed math computations, they completed POMS Depression and State Anxiety Scales and they provided a saliva sample for cortisol. At the beginning of the sessions they completed Life Events, Job Stress and Chronic POMS Depression Scales. RESULTS: Analyses revealed the following: 1) frontal delta power increased for both groups, suggesting relaxation; 2) the massage group showed decreased frontal alpha and beta power (suggesting enhanced alertness), while the control group showed increased alpha and beta power; 3) the massage group showed increased speed and accuracy on math computations while the control group did not change; 4) anxiety levels were lower following the massage but not the control sessions, although mood state was less depressed following both the massage and control sessions; 5) salivary cortisol levels were lower following the massage but not the control sessions but only on the first day; and 6) at the end of the 5 week period depression scores were lower for both groups but the job stress score was lower only for the massage group.
The Effect of Chair Massage on Stress Perception of Hospital Bedside Nurses
Mary Kay Brennan, RN, LMBT; Dr. Rita D. Debate, PhD, MPH, CHES
Context: Studies have shown that hospital bedside nursing is a stress-loaded occupation. Massage therapy has been shown to be an effective intervention in stress management.
Objective: The goal of this study was to determine if a 10-minute onsite chair massage was more effective at reducing stress perception of hospital bedside nurses than a 10-minute break.
Design: Randomized trial with a control group, who took a 10-minute break, and a study group, who received a 10-minute chair massage.
Setting: A small suburban hospital on the maternity, medical-surgical, telemetry, and critical care nursing units.
Participants: 82 bedside nurses.
Main Outcome Measure: Stress perception was assessed using the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) in an experimental pretest/posttest design and analyzed using t-tests for independent samples.
Results:Stress perception was significantly lower in the study group after the chair massage (P
Conclusion: The results of this study support the effectiveness of chair massage in the reduction of stress perception for this population. Further research is warranted to study the feasibility of providing chair massage on a regularly scheduled basis on a nursing unit, as well as its impact on other aspects of a nursing position, such as job satisfaction, retention, absenteeism, injury and workers' compensation claims.
Additionally, it would be beneficial to study the effects of chair massage with individuals in other occupations that are identified as being high stress and burnout occupations.
For more information about this study, contact M.K. Brennan at 704-536-3446.
Visit the University of Miami Touch Institute for studies and research into massage therapy.
Couples Massage Information Click Here! for an introduction to providing massage in private. Information maybe be purchased.
Diabetes - Massage as an Adjunct Treatment. An article from Massage and Bodywork magazine which offer free information for diabetics on the benefits of adding massage therapy to improve the quality of living with diabetes.
An ebook and videos about Massage and Diabetes and maybe purchased. Please click here.
Making sure your therapist is NY licensed by verifying their credentials with the NY Office of Professions. Click here for the website where you can enter their name to check current licenses. Actually, you can check any licensed professional in NY at this site.
A new study out of the state of Oregon finds massage therapy relieves chronic back pain. Click here to read news report.