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The Science of Massage

This month we would like to offer up some recent scientific studies pertaining to the work we do here at Likeminded Therapies. The links to the specific studies will take you to a brief description of each study, while only the objective and conclusion will be listed under each link for easy reading.


Effect of Aromatherapy Massage on Menopausal Symptoms

Menopause is a significant event in most women’s lives because it marks the end of a woman’s natural reproductive life. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of aromatherapy massage on menopausal symptoms.

The results of the study demonstrate that both massage and aromatherapy massage were effective in reducing menopausal symptoms. However, aromatherapy massage was more effective than only massage.

Massage Therapy in Pediatric Chronic Pain

This study was designed to look at the efficacy of adjuvant massage therapy in children and adolescents who presented to a chronic pediatric pain clinic for management.

After massage therapy, patients reported highly significant improvement in their levels of distress, pain, tension, discomfort, and mood compared with their premassage ratings.

Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis

An enriched extract of the “Indian Frankincense” herb Boswellia serrata was used in the randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study. Patients who took the herbal remedy showed significant improvement in as little as seven days. The compound caused no major adverse effects and is safe for human consumption and long-term use, according to the study authors.

General and Targeted Massage Techniques with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome 

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a major, costly public health issue that could be dramatically affected by the identification of additional conservative care treatment options. Our study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of two distinct massage therapy protocols on strength, function, and symptoms associated with CTS.

Both GM (General Massage) and TM (Targeted Massage) treatments resulted in an improvement of subjective measures associated with CTS, but improvement in grip strength was only detected with the TM protocol. Massage therapy may be a practical conservative intervention for compression neuropathies, such as CTS, although additional research is needed.

-Note: The massage treatments from Likeminded Therapies use targeted massage techniques.

For more information on the latest in massage research, please check out the following sites:

Massage Magazine
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
Mary Ann Libert, Inc. publishers

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