Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy.

Twenty-six pregnant women were assigned to a massage therapy or a relaxation therapy group for 5 weeks. The therapies consisted of 20-min sessions twice a week. Both groups reported feeling less anxious after the first session and less leg pain after the first and last session. Only the massage therapy group, however, reported reduced anxiety, improved mood, better sleep and less back pain by the last day of the study. In addition, urinary stress hormone levels (norepinephrine) decreased for the massage therapy group and the women had fewer complications during labor and their infants had fewer postnatal complications (e.g., less prematurity).
AuthorsT Field, M Hernandez-Reif, S Hart, H Theakston, S Schanberg, C Kuhn
JournalJournal of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology (J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol) Vol. 20 Issue 1 Pg. 31-8 (Mar 1999) ISSN: 0167-482X [Print] ENGLAND
PMID10212885 (Publication Type: Clinical Trial, Comparative Study, Journal Article, Randomized Controlled Trial, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.)
Chemical References
  • Norepinephrine
  • Adult
  • Anxiety (prevention & control, psychology)
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Massage (methods)
  • Norepinephrine (urine)
  • Pain (prevention & control, psychology)
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications (prevention & control, psychology, urine)
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Stress, Psychological (prevention & control, psychology, urine)
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome

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