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Anxiety

Randomized Controlled Trials of Pediatric Massage: A Review

"Massage Therapy shows a considerable impact on the state and trait anxietylevels of children. Because these effects are strong, and alsobecause they are consistent with the findings in adults"

 

Lower Back Pain

Massage for Low-back Pain: A Systematic Review within the Framework of the Cochrane Collaboration Back Review Group

"The four most recent trials in which massage was the main intervention under study were of higher quality and tended to conclude in favor of massage. Massage is beneficial for patients with nonspecific low back pain"

 

Cancer Symptoms

Massage for symptom relief in patients with cancer: systematic·review

"(Massage Therapy)·may have a beneficial effect on physical symptoms of cancer, such as pain and nausea."

 

Pulmonary Disorders such as Asthma and Cystic Fybrosis

Children with cystic fibrosis benefit from massage therapy.

"Following the first and last massage session, children and parents reported reduced anxiety. Mood and peak air flow readings also improved for children in the massage therapy group."

 

Chronic, Non-Malignant Pain

Effectiveness of·massage therapy for chronic, non-malignant pain: a·review

"Existing research provides...·moderate support for such effects on shoulderpain and headache pain. There is only modest, preliminary support for massage in the treatment of fibromyalgia, mixed chronic pain conditions, neck pain and carpal tunnel syndrome."