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In this research, a device, which has a thermotherapic and massaging function and relaxes muscles, was used to evaluate the effect muscle relaxation has on stress relief. According as the physiological changes of subjects before and after treatment were compared, the present research was able to prove that thermotherapy and massage treatment induces physiological change of patients thus relieves stress.

-- Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2008;2008:4820-3. -- A Research for evaluation on stress change via thermotherapy and massage.Jeong I, Jun S, Park S, Jung S, Shin T, Yoon H.

A comprehensive review of the peer-reviewed literature is important to summarize the effectiveness of this modality on stress-reactive physiological measures. On-line databases were searched for articles relevant to both massage therapy and stress. Single treatment reductions in salivary cortisol and heart rate were consistently noted. A sustained reduction for these measures was not supported in the literature, although the single-treatment effect was repeatable within a study. To date, the research data is insufficient to make definitive statements regarding the multiple treatment effect of massage therapy on urinary cortisol or catecholamines, but some evidence for a positive effect on diastolic blood pressure has been documented. While significant improvement has been demonstrated following massage therapy, the general research body on this topic lacks the necessary scientific rigor to provide a definitive understanding of the effect massage therapy has on many physiological variables associated with stress.

-- Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2008 May 7. -- Physiological Adjustments to Stress Measures Following Massage Therapy: A Review of the Literature.Moraska A, Pollini RA, Boulanger K, Brooks MZ, Teitlebaum L.

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