Moderate pressure is essential for massage therapy effects

Tiffany Field, Miguel Diego, Maria Hernandez-Reif

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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 (US)
Pages (from-to)381-385
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Moderate pressure massage therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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