Migraine headaches are reduced by massage therapy

Maria Hernandez-Reif, John Dieter, Tiffany Field, Bernard Swerdlow, Miguel Diego

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Twenty-six adults with migraine headaches were randomly assigned to a wait-list control group or to a massage therapy group, who received two 30-minute massages per week for five consecutive weeks. The massage therapy subjects reported fewer distress symptoms, less pain, more headache free days, fewer sleep disturbances and they showed an increase in serotonin levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1998


  • Massage therapy
  • Migraine
  • Pain
  • Serotonin
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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