Massage therapy research

Tiffany M Field, Miguel A Diego, Maria Hernandez-Reif

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Massage therapy has been notably effective in preventing prematurity, enhancing growth of infants, increasing attentiveness, decreasing depression and aggression, alleviating motor problems, reducing pain, and enhancing immune function. This review covers massage therapy research from the last decade, as an update to the American Psychologist 1998 review paper. Models are presented for potential biochemical and physiological mechanisms underlying the massage therapy effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-89
Number of pages15
JournalDevelopmental Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007



  • Massage therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Education

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