Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy

T. Field, M. Hernandez-Reif, S. Hart, H. Theakston, S. Schanberg, C. Kuhn

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Abstract

Twenty-six pregnant women were assigned to a massage therapy or a relaxation therapy group for 5 weeks. The therapies consisted of 20-min sessions twice a week. Both groups reported feeling less anxious after the first session and less leg pain after the first and last session. Only the massage therapy group, however, reported reduced anxiety, improved mood, better sleep and less back pain by the last day of the study. In addition, urinary stress hormone levels (norepinephrine) decreased for the massage therapy group and the women had fewer complications during labor and their infants had fewer postnatal complications (e.g., less prematurity).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-38
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume20
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2 1999

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Massage
Pregnant Women
Obstetric Labor Complications
Relaxation Therapy
Back Pain
Leg
Norepinephrine
Sleep
Emotions
Anxiety
Hormones
Pain

Keywords

  • Massage therapy
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology

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Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Hart, S., Theakston, H., Schanberg, S., & Kuhn, C. (1999). Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 20(1), 31-38.

Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy. / Field, T.; Hernandez-Reif, M.; Hart, S.; Theakston, H.; Schanberg, S.; Kuhn, C.

In: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Vol. 20, No. 1, 02.06.1999, p. 31-38.

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Field, T, Hernandez-Reif, M, Hart, S, Theakston, H, Schanberg, S & Kuhn, C 1999, 'Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy' Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol 20, no. 1, pp. 31-38.
Field T, Hernandez-Reif M, Hart S, Theakston H, Schanberg S, Kuhn C. Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 1999 Jun 2;20(1):31-38.

Field, T.; Hernandez-Reif, M.; Hart, S.; Theakston, H.; Schanberg, S.; Kuhn, C. / Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy.

In: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Vol. 20, No. 1, 02.06.1999, p. 31-38.

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