Moderate pressure is essential for massage therapy effects

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

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Abstract

Moderate pressure appears to be necessary for massage therapy effects. Studies comparing moderate and light pressure massage are reviewed and they suggest that growth and development are enhanced in infants and stress is reduced in adults, but only by moderate pressure massage. The stimulation of pressure receptors leads to increased vagal activity which, in turn, seems to mediate the diverse benefits noted for massage therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-385
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Neuroscience
Volume120
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010

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  • Moderate pressure massage therapy

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Moderate pressure is essential for massage therapy effects. / Field, Tiffany M; Diego, Miguel A; Hernandez-Reif, Maria.

In: International Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 120, No. 5, 01.04.2010, p. 381-385.

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