Physiological Responses to Massage
Journal: Journal of Advanced Nursing, 37, 364-371.
Title: The short-term effects of myofascial trigger point massage therapy on cardiac autonomic tone in healthy subjects.
Authors: Delaney, J.P., Leong, K.S., Watkins, A., & Brodie, D. (2002).
Conclusions: Thirty healthy subjects were treated with myo-fascial trigger point massage to the head, neck, and shoulders. Their blood pressure was taken before and after the sessions, and they rated their levels of muscle tension and emotional states. After massage their heart rates dropped, as did their systolic and diastolic blood pressures. They also reported improvements in their levels of muscle tension and emotional states.
Journal: International Journal of Neuroscience, 114, 31-44.
Title: Massage therapy of moderate and light pressure and vibrator effects on EEG and heart rate. *
Authors: Diego, M.A., Field, T., Sanders, C., & Hernandez-Reif, M. (2004).
Conclusions: 36 healthy adults were treated with three types of massage and randomly assigned to three groups: light massage, moderate massage, and vibratory stimulation. Although all groups reported a decrease in anxiety, those receiving the moderate pressure experienced the greatest reduction in stress, heart rate, and EEG changes – the latter showing a decrease in beta and alpha wave activity and an increase in delta wave activity, indicative of relaxation. The light massage and vibratory groups showed increased levels of arousal as indicated by increased heart rates and beta levels. The vibratory group also showed increased levels of alpha and theta wave activity.
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