Massage therapy research

Tiffany Field, Miguel Diego, Maria Hernandez-Reif

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80 Scopus citations

Abstract

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 (US)
Pages (from-to)75-89
Number of pages15
JournalDevelopmental Review
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2007

Keywords

  • Massage therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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