Touch Therapy Effects on Development

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Abstract

In this review empirical data are presented on the use of touch therapy, specifically massage therapy for improving the clinical course of several conditions including growth and development of pre-term infants, reducing pain, increasing attentiveness, diminishing depression, and enhancing immune function. Potential underlying mechanisms for the massage therapy effects are proposed for each of these conditions. The general effect appears to derive from the stimulation of pressure receptors and the ensuing increase in vagal activity and slowing physiology which in turn facilitates a more relaxed behavioural state, effects a decrease in stress hormones, most particularly cortisol, and an increase in immune function, particularly natural killer cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)779-797
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Development
Volume22
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998

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Massage
Touch
Growth and Development
Natural Killer Cells
Hydrocortisone
physiology
Hormones
Depression
Pressure
Pain
pain
infant
Therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Touch Therapy Effects on Development. / Field, Tiffany M.

In: International Journal of Behavioral Development, Vol. 22, No. 4, 01.12.1998, p. 779-797.

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