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Depression and Massage


Massage was determined to be an appropriate addition to the treatment of patients with depression.

- Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2004 Jun 11;129(24):1363-8. - Effects of slow-stroke massage as complementary treatment of depressed hospitalized patients - Muller-Oerlinghausen B, Berg C, Scherer P, Mackert A, Moestl HP, Wolf J.


Urinary levels of norepinephrine and cortisol were lower in the massage control group for depressed patients over a five day period. Observations from nurses involved in the study include an increase in the number of hours slept at night and less anxiety in those who received a massage each day.

- Field, T., Morrow, C., Valdeon, C., Larson, S., Kuhn, C. & Schanberg, S. Massage reduces anxiety in child and adolescent phychiatric patients. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 31, 125-131.

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