Yoga and massage therapy reduce prenatal depression and prematurity

Tiffany M Field, Miguel A Diego, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Lissette Medina, Jeannette Delgado, Andrea Hernandez

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Abstract

Eighty-four prenatally depressed women were randomly assigned to yoga, massage therapy or standard prenatal care control groups to determine the relative effects of yoga and massage therapy on prenatal depression and neonatal outcomes. Following 12 weeks of twice weekly yoga or massage therapy sessions (20 min each) both therapy groups versus the control group had a greater decrease on depression, anxiety and back and leg pain scales and a greater increase on a relationship scale. In addition, the yoga and massage therapy groups did not differ on neonatal outcomes including gestational age and birthweight, and those groups, in turn, had greater gestational age and birthweight than the control group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-209
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

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Keywords

  • Massage
  • Prematurity
  • Prenatal depression
  • Yoga

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Yoga and massage therapy reduce prenatal depression and prematurity. / Field, Tiffany M; Diego, Miguel A; Hernandez-Reif, Maria; Medina, Lissette; Delgado, Jeannette; Hernandez, Andrea.

In: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Vol. 16, No. 2, 01.04.2012, p. 204-209.

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Field, Tiffany M ; Diego, Miguel A ; Hernandez-Reif, Maria ; Medina, Lissette ; Delgado, Jeannette ; Hernandez, Andrea. / Yoga and massage therapy reduce prenatal depression and prematurity. In: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2012 ; Vol. 16, No. 2. pp. 204-209.
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