Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: Benefits from massage therapy

Tiffany Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Susan Seligman, Josh Krasnegor, William Sunshine, Rafael Rivas-Chacon, Saul Schanberg, Cynthia Kuhn

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Studied children with mild to moderate juvenile rheumatoid arthritis who were massaged by their parents 15 minutes a day for 30 days (and a control group engaged in relaxation therapy). The children's anxiety and stress hormone (cortisol) levels were immediately decreased by the massage, and over the 30-day period their pain decreased on self-reports, parent reports, and their physician's assessment of pain (both the incidence and severity) and pain-limiting activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-617
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 1997


  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Massage therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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    Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Seligman, S., Krasnegor, J., Sunshine, W., Rivas-Chacon, R., Schanberg, S., & Kuhn, C. (1997). Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: Benefits from massage therapy. Journal of pediatric psychology, 22(5), 607-617. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/22.5.607