Journal: Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Vol. 22, No. 5, 1997, pp. 607-617
Title: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: Benefits from Massage Therapy
Authors: Tiffany Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Susan Seligman, Josh Krasnegor, and William Sunshine
Conclusions: 20 children with JRA were divided into two groups. One received 15 minutes of massage per day from their parents for 30 days, first in the supine position, then in the prone position. The other group was engaged in relaxation therapy.
A pediatric rheumatologist assessed the children before and after the sessions on the first and last days of the 30-day study using the following:
Journal: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (2007) 11, 21–24
Title: Hand arthritis pain is reduced by massage therapy *
Authors: Tiffany Field, Miguel Diego, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Jean Shea
Conclusions: Researchers from the University of Miami School of Medicine randomly assigned twenty adult patients with rheumatoid arthritis of the wrist and hand either for massage therapy or to a control group. Those in the massage group received therapy once a week for four weeks and were taught to massage the afflicted hand/wrist daily at home. Compared to the control group those patients doing massage showed lower levels of anxiety and depression, less pain, and greater grip strength.
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