Multiple sclerosis patients benefit from massage therapy

Maria Hernandez-Reif, Tiffany Field, Tory Field, Hillary Theakston

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Abstract

Twenty-four adults with multiple sclerosis were randomly assigned to a standard medical treatment control group or a massage therapy group that received 45-minute massages twice a week for 5 weeks. The massage group had lower anxiety and less depressed mood immediately following the massage sessions and, by the end of the study, they had improved self-esteem, better body image and image of disease progression, and enhanced social functional status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-174
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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