The Effectiveness of Massage Therapy

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The Effectiveness of Massage Therapy
A Summary of Evidence-Based Research

By Dr Kenny CW Ng, MBBS BMedSci DipRM CertIVFitness, Member Australian Association of Massage Therapy. In collaboration with Professor Marc Cohen, School of Health Sciences, RMIT University.

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Preface ........................................................................................................................... 3  CEO message.................................................................................................................. 4  Introduction .................................................................................................................... 5  Methods ......................................................................................................................... 6  Results ......................................................................................................................... 11  Discussion .................................................................................................................... 20  Conclusions .................................................................................................................. 24  References ................................................................................................................... 25  Appendix I: Search strategy ........................................................................................... 35  Appendix II: Studies excluded due to time constraints in obtaining full-text article ............ 38  Appendix III: Summary of systematic reviews ................................................................. 39 

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Preface
The purpose of this report Although massage therapy is recommended and administered to various extents by healthcare practitioners and patients alike, research evidence is required to advocate massage therapy effectively and safely. This report reviews and collates existing evidence based research into the effectiveness of massage therapy, identifies recommendations for clinical practice and highlights research gaps. It is designed to be a reference tool for those interested in the available evidence about the effectiveness of massage therapy. Who should read this report?     Massage therapists; Practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine; GPs and allied health professionals; and Researchers in the area of health, complementary and alternative medicine.

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Preface

Australian Association of Massage Therapy

CEO message
On behalf of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists, I am pleased to present ‘The Effectiveness of Massage Therapy’ report. This report presents the body-of-knowledge of evidence-based research into the effectiveness of massage therapy, comprising a review of 740 existing Australian and international, academic research papers, published between 1978 and 2008. The research includes systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, comparative studies, case-series/studies and cross-sectional studies covering acupressure, bowen therapy, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, reflexology, rolfing, shiatsu, Swedish massage, sports massage, infant massage, tuina and trigger point therapies/modalities. Key findings of this literature review show:  A growing body of research supports massage therapy as being an evidence-based therapeutic modality  There is strong evidence supporting acupressure management of nausea and vomiting  Massage therapy is effective in managing subacute/chronic low back pain, delayedonset muscle soreness (DOMS), anxiety, stress and relaxation, and helps support the wellbeing of patients with chronic and/or terminal diseases such as cancer.  There are opportunities for further research into the benefits of massage therapy for infants,...
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