Pain, Part 2 of 6
Journal: Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, 12, 146-150.
Title: Massage therapy reduces pain in pregnant women, alleviates prenatal depression in both parents and improves their relationships. *
Authors: Field, T., Figueiredo, B., Hernandez-Reif, M., Diego, M., Deeds, O. & Ascencio, A. (2008).
Conclusions: Forty-seven depressed and pregnant were either assigned to a control group or were massaged by their partners twice a week from 20 weeks of pregnancy until their delivery. Those receiving the massages reported less back pain, leg pain, depression, anger, and anxiety than those in the control group. Also, the partners giving the massages reported less anger, anxiety, and depression. Moreover those involved in the massage group reported that their relationships improved. [Massage works! Who knew?]
Journal: Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery, 6, 25-32.
Title: Effect of cutaneous stimulation on pain reduction in emergency department patients.
Authors: Kubsch, S.M., Neveau, T., & Vandertie, K. (2000).
Conclusions: Fifty emergency room patients were treated with massage (tactile stimulation) to relieve pain. Thereafter the patients reported less pain, and objective findings were that heart rate and blood pressure dropped.
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