Moderate pressure massage therapy

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This chapter is a review of representative data (not an exhaustive review) on moderate pressure massage therapy effects and potential underlying mechanisms for those effects. They include (1) weight gain in preterm infants, (2) pain reduction and potential underlying mechanisms for pain reduction following massage, (3) enhanced attention, (4) reduced depression and its EEG correlates, and (5) enhanced immune function. Moderate pressure massage is necessary for these effects which, in turn, may be mediated by increased vagal activity and reduced cortisol. The fMRI data from one study suggest that touch when combined with movement simulates findings on other rewarding pleasant touch.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAffective Touch and the Neurophysiology of CT Afferents
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781493964185
ISBN (Print)9781493964161
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Cortisol
  • Depression
  • Moderate pressure massage
  • Vagal activity
  • Weight gain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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