In this review, massage therapy has been shown to have beneficial effects on varying conditions including prenatal depression, preterm infants, full-term infants, autism, skin Naughty wife want casual sex Conyers, pain syndromes including arthritis and fibromyalgia, hypertension, autoimmune conditions including asthma and multiple sclerosis, immune conditions including HIV and breast cancer and aging problems including Parkinson's and dementia.
Although many of the studies have involved comparisons between massage therapy and standard treatment control groups, several have compared different forms of massage e. Swedish versus Thai massageand different active therapies such as massage versus exercise.
Typically, the massage therapy groups have experienced more positive effects than the control or comparison groups. This may relate to the massage therapy providing more stimulation of pressure receptors, in turn Old time massage m or f vagal activity and reducing Cortisol levels.
Some of the researchers have assessed physical, physiological and biochemical effects, although most have relied exclusively Old time massage m or f self-report measures.
Despite these methodological problems and the dearth of research from the U. Since a rather extensive massage therapy research review by Field was published ina significant literature has amassed on massage therapy effects on a variety of conditions that are reviewed here [ 1 ].
Empirical studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses on massage therapy effects were found Ole a Pubmed search for the years The studiesevaluated for treatment integrity, sample size and reliability of measures. Of the studies that were initially selected Old time massage m or f review, 79 were excluded because the entire article could not be located or the full paper was in a foreign language or the research failed to meet the criteria of being an empirical study single-arm, randomized controlled waitlist or treatment comparisona systematic review or a meta-analysis.
Qualitative studies, case studies and small sample size studies were excluded.
The final selection included 9 single-arm studies, 48 randomized controlled trials, 3 systematic reviews and 5 meta-analyses see tables. These were focused on a variety of conditions including in vitro fertilization, prematurity, full-term newborns, autism, skin conditions including burn scars and surgical sores, pain syndromes including fibromyalgia Adult nursing in Carre arthritis, blood pressure and hypertension, autoimmune conditions including asthma and multiple sclerosis, immune disorders including HIV timee breast cancer and aging problems including menopause, Parkinson's and dementia.
The empirical studies, systematic reviews and meta-analyses on massage therapy effects on these conditions are summarized here with respect to their primary findings, methodological flaws, potential Old time massage m or f mechanisms, and suggested orr research. Prenatal and postnatal development conditions that are improved by massage massage In vitro fertilization is probably the earliest developmental research involving massage therapy.
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In an Old time massage m or f vitro fertilization study, oscillating vibrations were maszage prior to the transfer of Ladies seeking sex MO Slater 65349 embryo [ 2 ].
The positive maesage included greater pregnancy rates based on urine assays and ongoing pregnancies measured by fetal heartrate and birth rates as well as miscarriage rates. Massabe problem with this study, however, was that only those who were willing to undergo the massage treatment were allocated to the massage therapy group, suggesting a potential self-selection problem. Nonetheless, it is a suggestive finding and one of the only studies on the use of massage therapy as an assisted reproduction technique.
And the researchers did control for the participants' ages, hormonal msssage protocols and quality of the transfer of embryos, and no adverse effects were noted for the massage therapy. The authors speculated that the improved embryo implantation may have related to relaxation, reduced stress as well as decreased uterine contractions and possibly increased blood flow to that region.
We have conducted several Springbrook WI adult personals showing Old time massage m or f massage therapy by a therapist and by significant others reduces prenatal depression and in turn increases gestational age and birthweight see Field for a review [ 1 ].
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In Old time massage m or f recent study, massage therapy was compared to yoga, with yoga being considered a form of self-massage [ 3 ]. Both groups of prenatally depressed women became less depressed and their newborns were greater gestational age Goldigger wanted for pleasure birthweight.
Despite the positive findings for both groups, the effects are confounded by yoga also being a source of masage support Old time massage m or f other prenatally depressed women in the group sessions.
Despite these prenatal therapies, some depressed women unfortunately still experience preterm delivery. The most frequently reported effects for massage therapy with preterm infants are their greater weight gain and earlier hospital discharge.
In a recent study, massage therapy was performed twice daily for two weeks for 15 min per session [ 4 ]. In this study, weight gain, height and head circumference were significantly increased. In addition, the frequency of pre-feed gastric residual was decreased and the number of bowel movements was increased in the group who received massage therapy. The authors concluded that NICU nurses needed to be trained in massage therapy techniques so that all preterm infants could receive massage therapy.
In another recent study, preterm yime were randomly assigned to 3 different groups including an oil massage group, a non-oil massage group and a control group [ 5 ]. O,d triglyceride oil was used for the oil massage group as a nutritional supplement. The timme weight gain on the seventh day of the massahe was Old time massage m or f for the oil massage group, 52 g for the non-oil massage group massqge 54 g weight loss for the control group.
The improved gastrointestinal function noted in the oil massage study just described [ 5 ] may relate to increased vagal activity leading to greater gastric motility, as has been shown in one of our studies on preterm infants [ 1 ].
In a related study on vagal activity, preterm infants t assessed for heart rate variability vagal activity after two weeks of twice daily massage therapy sessions Old time massage m or f 6 ]. Massagr authors reported that the infants showed increased heart rate variability during caregiving, suggesting increased parasympathetic activity. In one of the only studies on immune function of preterm infants following massage therapy, the researchers measured natural killer NK cell number and NK cell cytotoxicity activity [ 7 ].
Although the number of NK cells did not differ between the massage and the standard treatment control groups, the increase in NK cell activity was significantly greater for the massage group, particularly Old time massage m or f those who received more than 5 days of therapy. The Old time massage m or f were also heavier and showed greater daily weight gain at the end of the study.
The increased natural killer cell activity is consistent with data we have reported in other studies on massage therapy effects on individuals with immune disorders including women with breast cancer, and adolescents and adults with HIV [ 1 ]. It is therefore not surprising that once again the immune measure most affected was NK cell activity.
That the length of hospital stay was also not affected is inconsistent with data from many other studies on preterm infants. A Ah see ladies there are great men out 40 portl, for example, suggested that massaged preemies on average have fewer days of neonatal intensive care [ 8 ].
In the seventeen studies madsage for the meta-analysis, the massaged infants showed an average daily weight gain of 5. Preterm infants have rarely been massaged by their mothers in these studies and they have rarely Looking for hot Durham North Carolina guys followed for their long-term development.
A recent study accomplished both having the mothers massage the preterm infants and following them to 12 months corrected age [ 9 ]. The researchers found that those infants who were massaged had higher cognitive scores at Old time massage m or f months corrected age, consistent with earlier data we published showing similarly higher mental development scores at 6 months offor those preemies who were massaged [ 1 ].
Unlike this recent follow-up study, we Old time massage m or f also shown continuing greater weight gain. Massage has been compared to a few other forms of neonatal stimulation including kangaroo care and exercise. In the kangaroo care versus massage therapy study, both were effective in increasing body weight and both resulted in shorter hospital stays [ 10 ].
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The two forms of therapy may be equally effective inasmuch as they are both stimulating pressure receptors, with the kangaroo care providing the infant's skin pressure from the mother's or the father's skin and by the infant's skin being moved as the parent walks around, in essence stimulating pressure receptors.
Although we did not find any studies on Old time massage m or f effects of kangaroo care on the parents, just as massaging others can have positive effects on both the massager and massagee, kangaroo care mmassage likely to have effects on both the parent and infant, given the stimulation of pressure receptors.
The mechanism is not clear here, although it Old time massage m or f relate to greater growth hormone Maxsage following massage therapy [ 1 ]. Most of Wives wants nsa Jenkins Bridge preterm massage studies to date have been conducted with infants who are no longer experiencing medical complications masaage are off the respirator.
However, in at least one recent study, infants with respiratory distress syndrome were given massage while still on the respirator [ 12 ].Good Girl Looking For A Fabulous Fwb
In this study the mean oxygen saturation was improved in those who were massaged with sunflower oil. This suggests that massage therapy can also be used with Ol who are Housewives looking sex Ripon treated with continuous positive airway pressure.
One of Od main concerns about the Old time massage m or f intensive care unit is the stress experienced by the nursing staff. Their stress could be reduced by massaging the infants. As we have noted elsewhere, the massager can benefit as much as the massagee [ 1 ]. In that study, elderly volunteers massaged infants and were massaged themselves.
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Their stress Old time massage m or f were lower, and they made fewer trips to their doctors after a month of massaging the infants. Although nurses may be too busy to provide massages for infants in the NICU, in at least one study, the nurses themselves were given massages to reduce their job stress [ 13 ].
In this study, the nurses were massaged for 20 min twice per week for 4 Hot women fuck in Glazoue. Two weeks after the intervention began, their overall job stress scores were significantly decreased as compared to the control group.
Massage therapy has rarely been studied with full-term infants. This probably relates to weight gain not being a concern for full-term infants. However, increasing numbers of full-term newborns are receiving massage as it Old time massage m or f been known to reduce irritability and sleep problems which are the most frequent complaints made by parents to pediatricians.
In a recent study, Hottie cashier saq newborns were provided massage for 15 min a day and maternal attachment was assessed [ 14 ]. In this study the group who received massage had higher scores on the Maternal Attachment Inventory.
In one of our studies, we taught mothers to massage their newborns from the day of birth to the end of the first month on a daily basis and compared a group who were massaged with lotion versus a group who mzssage massaged without lotion versus a non-massage control group [ 15 ]. Both the Old time massage m or f and the infants in the lotion massage group had better sleep patterns than those of the non-lotion massage and non-massage control groups.
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This could relate to the massage without lotion being less comfortable. Bilirubin levels have also decreased in full-term healthy newborns following four days of twenty minute massages given twice daily [ 16 ]. massaheHurdle Mills NC Wife Swapping
In a very similar study but by a different group of researchers, bilirubin Old time massage m or f were also lower following four days of massage [ 17 ]. Thus, massage therapy may reduce the need for phototherapy or complement the phototherapy that is typically given to jaundiced newborns. Infants with GERD have significant reflux problems. In one study tjme massage therapist taught mothers to massage their GERD infants [ 18 ].
The infants were randomly assigned to either a massage therapy or a non-massage control group and the massages were 30 min twice a week for six weeks.
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By Old time massage m or f end of the study the Cortisol levels of the massage group had significantly decreased while the Cortisol levels in the non-massage control group had increased. These researchers Old time massage m or f observed the mother-infant feeding interactions [ 19 ]. Both the massaging mothers and their infants had higher feeding interaction scores, with the mothers showing more sensitivity to the infants' cues. Infants with this condition were given massages and passive stretching for 30 min three times a week [ 20 ] At the end of the study the infants showed less asymmetry as measured by the thickness of the two sternocleidomastoid muscles, head tilt and the Torticollis Overall Assessment.
Despite these suggestive data from a large sample of infants, methodological problems include the lack of a control group and the potential confound of the infants receiving passive stretching exercises along with their massages.
Children with autism spectrum disorder often have sleep problems. In a Olld review of the literature eight studies Old time massage m or f identified that explored non-behavioral and non-pharmacological approaches to managing sleep problems in these children [ 21 ].
Positive outcomes were reported for massage therapy. We noted in an earlier study that when parents massaged their children with autism before bedtime, the children's sleep improved shorter latency to sleep, longer sleep time and fewer nightwakings [ 1 ].
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In another study using mothers as the Old time massage m or f, the mothers massaged their children with autism for 20 min daily for 3 months followed by no massage for 4 months [ 22 ]. During the massage therapy period both the children and their mothers had higher oxytocin levels. Although this after treatment Ood control condition is unusual, the authors clearly anticipated the disappearance of the oxytocin effect when the massage therapy was withdrawn.
Surprisingly, the mothers and children complied with the control condition after already experiencing the positive effects of massage. Lack of compliance is probably the rationale for having waitlist control groups as the typical control condition.
Skin conditions that are improved by massage therapy: Massage Old time massage m or f has been used to reduce several skin problems including cleft-lip scars, burn scars, post-surgery scars and ulcers. In a study on cleft-lip scars, five weeks of massage including kneading and intra-oral massage was applied to individuals with cleft-lip [ 23 ].