Research, tools and views

Although alternative therapies lack the finantial resources for large-scale research, more and more data about their benefitial impact is coming to light.

MASSAGE FOR PAIN RELIEF

At the RCN Research Institute, School of Health & Social Studies,
University of Warwick, a simple but effective trial took place which
proves very effectively that Massage provides pain relief potential.
The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a
single session of nurse-administered Massage for the short term
relief of chronic non-malignant
pain and anxiety.
METHOD: A randomised controlled trial design
was used, in which the patients were assigned to a
Massage or control group. The Massage group
received a 15 minute manual Massage and the
control group a 15 minute visit to talk about their
pain. Adult patients attending a pain relief unit with
a diagnosis of chronic pain whose pain was described as moderate or severe were
eligible for the study. An observer blind to the patients' treatment group carried
out assessments immediately before (baseline), after treatment and 1, 2, 3 and 4
hours later.
ASSESSMENT: Pain was assessed using 100 mm visual
analogue scale and the McGill Pain Questionnaire. Pain
Relief was assessed using a five point verbal rating scale.
Anxiety was assessed with the Spielberger short form
State-Trait Anxiety Inventory.
RESULTS: 101 patients were randomised and evaluated, 50
in the Massage and 51 in the control group. There were no
statistically significant differences between the groups at
baseline interview.
Patients in the Massage but not the
control group had significantly less pain
compared to baseline immediately after
and one hour post treatment. The
difference in mean pain reduction at one
hour post treatment between the
Massage and control groups is 5.47 mm
to 24.70 mm. Patients in the Massage but
not the control group also had a
statistically significant reduction in anxiety
compared to baseline immediately after
and at 1 hour post treatment.
CONCLUSION: Massage is effective in
the short term for chronic pain of
moderate
to severe
intensity.
A randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of
a single session of nurse administered Massage for short
term relief of chronic non-malignant pain. Seers K, Crichton
N, Martin J, Coulson K, Carroll D. BMC Nursing July 2008

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REIKI

Massage therapy may help relieve
symptoms of depression, a review
of the medical literature in the
American Journal of Psychiatry
states. (March 2005)
The authors of the review say
there is "good evidence to suggest
that Massage therapy is an
effective treatment of
depression."
Depression is
a huge
public health problem, and
treatment is often inadequate, Dr.
Wen-Hsuan Hou of I-Shou
University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and
colleagues note in their report.
To investigate fur ther, they
s e a r c h e d f o r r a n d o m i z e d
controlled trials of Massage therapy
in depressed patients. They
identified 17 studies including 786
people in all. In 13 of the trials,
Massage therapy was compared to
another active treatment such as
C h i n e s e h e r b s , r e l a x a t i o n
exercises, or rest, while four
compared Massage to a "no
treatment" control group.
Investigators also used a
range of methods for
evaluating mood and
d e p r e s s i o n i n s t u d y
participants.
Overall, the studies showed
that Massage therapy
had "potentially
significant effects" in alleviating
symptoms of depression, the
researchers report in the American
Journal of Psychiatry.
There are a number of ways
through which Massage could help
people with depression, the
researchers note; for example, by
reducing stress and inducing
relaxation; building an "alliance"
between the therapist and patient;
and by causing the body to release
the "trust hormone" oxytocin.

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FACE MASSAGE, REFRESHED MIND

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FACE MASSAGE DOES MORE THAN RELAX
Facial Massage reduces anxiety and alleviates negative mood in healthy adult
women, according to recent research. Not only did it calm the participants
during the treatment, but raised them to a greater state of alertness after the
treatment, causing the authors to use the phrase ‘a refreshed state of mind’.
The study involved 32 healthy Japanese women, ranging in age from 20 to 40
who each received the face Massage.
Outcome measures were evaluated immediately before and after each facial
Massage. These measures included electro-cardiogram (ECG) recordings to
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evaluate intervals between heart beats, as well as
parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous activity.
The Profile of Mood Status was also used to
determine the current mood state of each subject,
and the State Trait Anxiety Inventory was used to
measure participants’ anxiety levels.
Results of the research revealed that
parasympathetic nervous activity increased
during the Massage, and sympathetic nervous
activity increased after the facial Massage.
Parasympathetic ner vous activity is
responsible for rest and recovery, resulting in
a relaxed physical state. On the contrary, sympathetic nervous activity is in charge
of the “fight or flight” response, resulting in a stimulated physical state.
The study also showed that both anxiety and negative mood decreased
significantly after the hands-on intervention, based on the scores from the Profile
of Mood Status and State Trait Anxiety Inventory.
Based on this data, the authors theorised facial
Massage may bring about not only relaxation
benefits, but it also may have a stimulating
effect, or refreshment.
“These results suggest that the facial Massage
had strong effects on stress alleviation, or
psychological relaxation. The increased
sympathetic nervous activity following the facial
Massage (…) might be a positive reaction to a
stressor, which is classified as eustress. Such a
mixed status of psychologically relaxed and
physically-activated might well be regarded as
refreshment rather than relaxation.”
Authors: Tomoko Hatayama, Shingo Kitamura, Chihiro Tamura, Mayumi Nagano and Koichiro
Ohnuki. Source: User Science Institute, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Originally
published in Biomedical Research (2008) 29 (6): 317-320.
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CONTINUITY

If you have a great supporting practitioner, may it be in massage, a reflexology, healing , yoga, meditation, ...you may have noticed that having regular sessions is highly nourishing.

The first time you meet a practitioner and have a treatment you are building bridges of trust and good communication; checking if the person and what they are offering is right for you.
The second session tends to go deeper and achieve outcomes quicker. The flow of communication already created appears to increase ease and treatment effectivity.

I have seen clients change, be more rested and happier and more pain free, not only from the bodywork but also from the continued affirmation that it is ok to take care of themselves.
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REIKI

Reiki healing and Mikao Usui’s precepts for the improvement of mind and body.
When Mikao Usui brought reiki healing practices into Japan, his capacity of healing himself and others was extraordinary and through his healing and humanitarian labour in Japan, the Emperor awarded him a Kun San To (doctorate for his honourable contribution to humanity)
His healing system is based in every person’s healing themselves, connecting to their own innate healing capacity.
He understood that, without a strong, healthy spirit, any healing the client would carry out was likely to not be long lasting.
He taught that the principles of love of oneself and of others were fundamental for a healthy and vibrant life and shared these precepts to adhere to and bring about balance, love and compassionate joy.
These principles are as important as the learning of the reiki approach to self healing.
Just for today (Kyo dake wa):
Don't get angry (Okoru na)
Don't worry (Shinpai su na)
Be grateful (Kansha shite)
Work diligently (Gyo wo hage me)
Be kind to others (Hito ni shinsetsu ni)
Mornings and evenings sit in the gassho position and repeat these
words out loud and in your heart
This principles, in my view, are how loving yourself (and therefore loving everything) is enacted.
If you adhere to self love (not vanity, or ego aggrandizement) you will have so much more of your true self to offer to the world
---and remember, real love is contagious, it spreads itself with ease in the world.---
So, time to commit to loving yourself more and more every day?
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REFLEXOLOGY FOR PAIN RELIEF

The University of Portsmouth announced new research into the effectiveness of Reflexology treatment:

"Researchers have found that people felt about 40 per cent less pain, and were able to stand pain for about 45 per cent longer, when they used reflexology as a method of pain relief.

This is the first time this widely used therapy has been scientifically tested as a treatment for acute pain, meaning it may be used to complement conventional drug therapy in the treatment of conditions associated with pain such as osteoarthritis, backache and cancers."

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REIKI

Reiki has caused some serious buzz in the wellness world. Stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Christina Aguilera have added the treatment to their self-care repertoires, and it's been featured in mainstream publications like Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, and Elle, which called it therapy without words.

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THE MIND AS AN ALLY

More on loving and accepting oneself:

Crash course for phenomenal success | Marisa Peer
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CONTINUITY

If you have a great supporting practitioner, may it be in massage, a reflexology, healing , yoga, meditation, ...you may have noticed that having regular sessions is highly nourishing.

The first time you meet a practitioner and have a treatment you are building bridges of trust and good communication; checking if the person and what they are offering is right for you.
The second session tends to go deeper and achieve outcomes quicker. The flow of communication already created appears to increase ease and treatment effectivity.

I have seen clients change, be more rested and happier and more pain free, not only from the bodywork but also from the continued affirmation that it is ok to take care of themselves.
LEARN MORE

REIKI

Reiki healing and Mikao Usui’s precepts for the improvement of mind and body.
When Mikao Usui brought reiki healing practices into Japan, his capacity of healing himself and others was extraordinary and through his healing and humanitarian labour in Japan, the Emperor awarded him a Kun San To (doctorate for his honourable contribution to humanity)
His healing system is based in every person’s healing themselves, connecting to their own innate healing capacity.
He understood that, without a strong, healthy spirit, any healing the client would carry out was likely to not be long lasting.
He taught that the principles of love of oneself and of others were fundamental for a healthy and vibrant life and shared these precepts to adhere to and bring about balance, love and compassionate joy.
These principles are as important as the learning of the reiki approach to self healing.
Just for today (Kyo dake wa):
Don't get angry (Okoru na)
Don't worry (Shinpai su na)
Be grateful (Kansha shite)
Work diligently (Gyo wo hage me)
Be kind to others (Hito ni shinsetsu ni)
Mornings and evenings sit in the gassho position and repeat these
words out loud and in your heart
This principles, in my view, are how loving yourself (and therefore loving everything) is enacted.
If you adhere to self love (not vanity, or ego aggrandizement) you will have so much more of your true self to offer to the world
---and remember, real love is contagious, it spreads itself with ease in the world.---
So, time to commit to loving yourself more and more every day?
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MASSAGE IMPROVES SLEEP AND REDUCES FATIGUE

In a study from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Massage therapy was found to help patients
recover from cardiopulmonary artery bypass graft surgery by improving their quality of sleep.

Method: Participants included cardiopulmonary artery bypass graft surgery patients who were randomized into a control group and a massage therapy group following discharge from the intensive care unit (Day 0), during the postoperative period.

The control group and the massage therapy group comprised participants who were subjected to three nights without massage and three nights with massage therapy, respectively.
Participants kept a sleep diary during the study period.

The participants in the massage therapy group had fewer complaints of fatigue ... they reported a more effective sleep during all three days when compared with the participants in the control group.

Conclusion: Massage therapy is an effective technique for improving patient recovery from cardiopulmonary artery bypass graft surgery because it reduces fatigue and improves sleep.

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DE-STRESS EFFECT OF MASSAGE

Sixteen adults diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (M age=58) received 30-min massage therapy or progressive muscle relaxation exercise sessions twice a week for 5 weeks (10 sessions total). Physicians rated participants in the massage therapy group as improved in daily living activities by the end of the study. The massaged group also rated themselves as improved in daily functioning, and having more effective and less disturbed sleep. Urine samples revealed that at the end of the 10 sessions, the massage therapy group had lower norepinephrine and epinephrine (stress hormone) levels, suggesting they were less stressed. The progressive muscle relaxation group had higher dopamine levels, which is interesting in that Parkinson's is associated with a decrease in dopamine.

Source: "Parkinson's Disease Symptoms are Reduced by Massage Therapy and Progressive Muscle
Exercises," Maria Hernandez-Reif, Ph.D., Tiffany Field, Ph.D., Shay Largie, ..."
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THE MIND AS AN ALLY

At the RCN Research Institute, School of Health & Social Studies, University of Warwick, a simple but effective trial took place which Proves very effectively that Massage provides pain relief potential.
The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a single session of nurse-administered Massage for the short term relief of chronic non-malignant pain and anxiety.
METHOD: A randomised controlled trial design was used, in which the patients were assigned to a massage or control group. The Massage group
received a 15 minute manual Massage and the control group a 15 minute visit to talk about their
pain. Adult patients attending a pain relief unit with
a diagnosis of chronic pain whose pain was described as moderate or severe were
eligible for the study. An observer blind to the patients' treatment group carried out assessments immediately before (baseline), after treatment and 1, 2, 3 and 4
hours later.
ASSESSMENT: Pain was assessed using 100 mm visual
analogue scale and the McGill Pain Questionnaire. Pain
Relief was assessed using a five point verbal rating scale.
Anxiety was assessed with the Spielberger short form
State-Trait Anxiety Inventory.
RESULTS: 101 patients were randomised and evaluated, 50
in the Massage and 51 in the control group. There were no
statistically significant differences between the groups at
baseline interview.
Patients in the Massage but not the control group had significantly less pain compared to baseline immediately after and one hour post treatment. The difference in  pain reduction at one hour post treatment between the massage and control groups is 5.47 mm to 24.70 mm. Patients in the Massage but not the control group also had a statistically significant reduction in anxiety compared to baseline immediately after and at 1 hour post treatment.
CONCLUSION: Massage is effective in the short term for chronic pain of moderate to severe intensity.
A randomised controlled trial to assess the effectiveness of a single session of nurse administered Massage for short term relief of chronic non-malignant pain. Seers K, Crichton
N, Martin J, Coulson K, Carroll D. BMC Nursing July 2008
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MASSAGE AND DEPRESSION

MASSAGE HELPS DEPRESSION
‘Massage therapy effects on
depressed [pregnant] women’ T. Field
et al Journal of Psychosomatic
Obstetrics and Gynecology, June 2004
Vol 25, No.2
A clear and powerful set of
results emerged from this
thoroughly scientific double-blind
study. This study tested the
effects of two 20 minute
Massages per week for 16 weeks
provided to pregnant women -
get this - by their partners! 84
depressed pregnant women
participated with two control groups. The results showed that:
1. Women in the Massage group had significantly raised levels of
serotonin and dopamine (associated with good moods) with
significantly decreased levels of cortisol and norepinophrene.
Women in the control groups showed no change.
2. Women in the Massage group showed a significant decrease in
depression - the controls none.
3. Women in the Massage group showed decreased anxiety and
decreased leg and back pain.
4. Women in the Massage group
showed a decrease in foetal activity
and fewer premature births.
5. The newborns of the women in the
Massage group performed better.
The authors concluded:
“Overall the findings suggest that
Massage therapy is effective for
reducing pregnant women’s stress
hormones, stressful mood states, leg
and back pain and for lessening
obstetric and post-natal complication,
hence improving normal outcomes.

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REIKI

This piece of research reminds us that the mind as well as the body needs support
when we go through the process of detoxification. In the extreme situation of ‘cold
turkey’ Massage has been shown to help people deal with the trauma of detox much
better when they have Massage:
At the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Queensland (Australia) a study showed that Massage
Therapy improves the management of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. 25 patients were
placed in a Massage group and 25 in a control group. The Massage group received a 15
minute clothed head, neck and shoulder treatment while the control group rested. The
test lasted for 4 days.
Pulse rate was significantly reduced in the Massage group and
respiratory function was greater. The Massage group
reported that their meals were more enjoyable and
ONLY the Massage group said they felt safe. “The
subjective experiences of patients reflected those
receiving Massage feeling more engaged in the
treatment process.” They concluded that “there may be
a place for Massage therapy in the alcohol detoxification
process.”
‘Massage Therapy Improves the Management of Alcohol Withdrawal
Syndrome’ M. Reader et al The Journal of Alternative and
Complementary Medicine April 2005, Vol 11, No. 2, pp 311-313
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