Massage therapy improves mood and behavior of students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Sonya Khilnani, Tiffany Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Saul Schanberg

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Abstract

In the present study, 30 students between the ages of 7 and 18 years (M = 13 years) diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were randomly assigned to a massage group or a wait-list control group. The massage group received massage therapy for 20 minutes twice per week over the course of one month. The results revealed that massage therapy benefited students with ADHD by improving short-term mood state and longer-term classroom behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)623-638
Number of pages16
JournalAdolescence
Volume38
Issue number152
StatePublished - Dec 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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