High blood pressure and associated symptoms were reduced by massage therapy

M. Hernandez-Reif, Tiffany M Field, J. Krasnegor, Z. Hossain, H. Theakston, I. Burman

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Abstract

High blood pressure is associated with elevated anxiety, stress and stress hormones, hostility, depression and catecholamines. Massage therapy and progressive muscle relaxation were evaluated as treatments for reducing blood pressure and these associated symptoms. Adults who had been diagnosed as hypertensive received ten 30 min massage sessions over five weeks or they were given progressive muscle relaxation instructions (control group). Sitting diastolic blood pressure decreased after the first and last massage therapy sessions and reclining diastolic blood pressure decreased from the first to the last day of the study. Although both groups reported less anxiety, only the massage therapy group reported less depression and hostility and showed decreased urinary and salivary stress hormone levels (cortisol). Massage therapy may be effective in reducing diastolic blood pressure and symptoms associated with hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-38
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Massage
Blood Pressure
Hypertension
Autogenic Training
Hostility
Anxiety
Hormones
Depression
Catecholamines
Hydrocortisone
Control Groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Health Professions(all)

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High blood pressure and associated symptoms were reduced by massage therapy. / Hernandez-Reif, M.; Field, Tiffany M; Krasnegor, J.; Hossain, Z.; Theakston, H.; Burman, I.

In: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Vol. 4, No. 1, 01.01.2000, p. 31-38.

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Hernandez-Reif, M. ; Field, Tiffany M ; Krasnegor, J. ; Hossain, Z. ; Theakston, H. ; Burman, I. / High blood pressure and associated symptoms were reduced by massage therapy. In: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2000 ; Vol. 4, No. 1. pp. 31-38.
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