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Massage therapy research

Author: Tiffany Field
Publisher: Edinburgh [u.a.] Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier 2006
Edition/Format:   Computer file : English : 1. edView all editions and formats

Examines the research base of touch or massage therapy, and describes the practical application of these results in practice. Each chapter in this book gives a picture of what is known about the  Read more...


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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tiffany Field
ISBN: 9780443102011 0443102015
OCLC Number: 838720638
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index
Written by the Director of the world-renowned Touch Research Institutes, this book examines the practical applications of important massage therapy research findings. Each chapter of this comprehensive resource provides a clear and authoritative review of what is reliably known about the effects of touch for a variety of clinical conditions such as depression, pain management, movement problems, and functioning of the immune system. Coverage also includes the benefits of massage to specific populations such as pregnant women, neonates, infants, and adolescents. This book is suitable for massage therapists (including Shiatsu practitioners), aromatherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, physical therapists, and nurses. Provides a thorough yet concise review of recent research related to the importance of touch. Offers practical guidance to healthcare professionals whose work involves physical contact with patients
Description: Online Ressource (XI, 270 S.)
Contents: 1. Massage Therapy Research Methods --
2. Reducing Prematurity --
Study 1 Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy --
Study 2 Massage therapy effects on depressed pregnant women --
Study 3 Fetal activity following stimulation of the motherb2ss abdomen, feet and hands --
3. Enhancing Growth and Development --
Study 1 Stable preterm infants gain more weight and sleep less after five days of massage therapy --
Study 2 Vagal activity, gastric motility and weight gain in massaged preterm neonates --
Study 3 Massage therapy by parents improves early growth and development --
Study 4 Sleep problems in infants decrease following massage therapy --
4. Increasing Attentiveness --
Study 1 Massage enhances congnitive performance in normal infants --
Study 2 Preschooler's cognitive performance improves following massage --
Study 3 Autism symptoms decrease following massage therapy --
Study 4 Massage therapy improves mood and behaviour of students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder --
Study 5 Massage therapy of moderate and light pressure and vibrator effects on EEG and heart rate --
Study 6 Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness and math computations --
5. Decreasing Depression and Aggression --
Study 1 EEG during lavender and rosemary exposure in infants of depressed and non-depressed mothers --
Study 2 Massage and music therapies attenuate frontal EEG asymmetry in depressed adolescents --
Study 3 Aggressive adolescents benefit from massage therapy --
6. Improving Neuromuscular Function --
Study 1 Massage therapy and relaxation effects on university dance students --
Study 2 Spinal cord patients benefit from massage therapy --
Study 3 Cerebral palsy in children decreased after massage therapy --
Study 4 Children with Down Syndrome improved in motor function and muscle tone following massage therapy --
Study 5 Parkinson's symptoms are reduced by massage therapy --
7. Movement Studies --
Study 1 Creative movement therapy benefits children with autism --
Study 2 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: benefits from Tai Chi --
Study 3 Movement and massage therapy reduce fibromyalgia pain --
Study 4 Senior citizens benefit from movement therapy --
8. Pain Reduction --
Study 1 Children's distress during burn treatment is reduced by massage therapy --
Study 2 Lower back pain is reduced and range of motion increased after massage therapy --
Study 3 Fibromyalgia pain and substance P decrease and sleep improves after massage therapy --
Study 4 Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are lessened following massage therapy --
9. Enhancing Immune Function --
Study 1 HIV adolescents show improved immune function following massage therapy --
Study 2 Leukaemia immune changes following massage therapy --
Study 3 Breast cancer patients have improved immune and neoroendocrine functions following massage therapy --
Study 4 Natural killer cells and lymphocytes are increased in women with breast cancer following massage therapy --
Appendix I: Sleep States and Brazelton Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale --
Appendix II: Massage Therapy Abstracts --
Responsibility: Tiffany Field


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