Spinal cord patients benefit from massage therapy

Miguel A Diego, Tiffany M Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Sybil Hart, Bernard Brucker, Tory Field, Iris Burman

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Abstract

The present study assessed the effects of massage therapy on depression, functionality, upper body muscle strength and range of motion on spinal cord injury patients. Twenty C5 through C7 spinal cord injury individuals recruited from a University outpatient clinic were randomly assigned to a massage therapy group or an exercise group. Patients in the massage therapy group received two 40-min massage therapy sessions per week for 5 weeks. Patients in the control group practiced a range of motion exercise routine targeting the arms, neck, shoulders, and back 2 times per week for 5 weeks. Although both the massage and exercise group appeared to benefit from treatment, only the massage group showed lower anxiety and depression scores and significantly increased their muscle strength and wrist range of motion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-142
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Neuroscience
Volume112
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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Massage
Spinal Cord
Articular Range of Motion
Muscle Strength
Exercise
Spinal Cord Injuries
Depression
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Wrist
Arm
Neck
Anxiety
Control Groups

Keywords

  • Massage therapy
  • Spinal cord injury

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  • Neuroscience(all)

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Spinal cord patients benefit from massage therapy. / Diego, Miguel A; Field, Tiffany M; Hernandez-Reif, Maria; Hart, Sybil; Brucker, Bernard; Field, Tory; Burman, Iris.

In: International Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 112, No. 2, 01.01.2002, p. 133-142.

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Diego, MA, Field, TM, Hernandez-Reif, M, Hart, S, Brucker, B, Field, T & Burman, I 2002, 'Spinal cord patients benefit from massage therapy', International Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 112, no. 2, pp. 133-142. https://doi.org/10.1080/00207450212023
Diego, Miguel A ; Field, Tiffany M ; Hernandez-Reif, Maria ; Hart, Sybil ; Brucker, Bernard ; Field, Tory ; Burman, Iris. / Spinal cord patients benefit from massage therapy. In: International Journal of Neuroscience. 2002 ; Vol. 112, No. 2. pp. 133-142.
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