Massage Therapy Effects

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Abstract

Massage therapy is older than recorded time, and rubbing was the primary form of medicine until the pharmaceutical revolution of the 1940s. Popularized again as part of the alternative medicine movement, massage therapy has recently received empirical support for facilitating growth, reducing pain, increasing alertness, diminishing depression, and enhancing immune function. In this article studies are reviewed that document these effects, and models are proposed for potential underlying mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1270-1281
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Volume53
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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