Journal: 2009 Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy 32 (3), pp. 111-116
Title: Can stimulating massage improve joint repositioning error in patients with knee osteoarthritis? *
Authors: Lund, H., Henriksen, M., Bartels, E.M., Danneskiold-Samsøe, B., Bliddal, H.
Conclusions: Nineteen (19) patients with osteoarthritis of the knee who suffered from joint repositioning error of the knee were treated with 10 minutes of massage to the quadriceps femoris, sartorious, gracilus, and hamstrings muscles on the affected leg. The mean age of these patients was 73.1 years. After one massage therapy session, there was no significant change in their joint repositioning error. [This is asking a lot from one 10 minute massage session!]
Journal: Journal of the Autonomic Nervous System, 56, 26-30.
Title: Massage-like stroking of the abdomen lowers blood pressure in anesthetized rats: influence of oxytocin
Authors: Kurosawa, M., Lundeberg, T., Agren, G., Lund, I., and Uvnas-Moberg, K. (1995)
Conclusions: Massage-like stroking for one minute of the ventral area of the abdomen anaesthetized rats lowered their blood pressure, and more so than if the lateral sides of the abdomen were massaged. Blood pressure returned to its initial level one minute after stroking stopped. [Important information when massaging hypertensive rats]
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