Stress and Massage

  • Randomized controlled trial to investigate the effectiveness of a weekly 15 minute massage reducing physiological and psychological indicators of stress in nurses employed in an acute care hospital. Stress scores decreased over the five weeks for those participants who received a weekly massage. Stress scores of the control group increased over the five week period. (Bost N, Wallis M. The effectiveness of a 15 minute weekly massage in reducing physical and psychological stress in nurses.Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2006 Jun-Aug;23(4):28-33.) Abstract
  • Study performed on twelve hospital staff working in a large care center. Participants received eight 15-minute massage treatments at work. Pain, stress, relaxation, and mood were measured before and after each massage. Pain intensity and stress levels were significantly lower after each massage. In addition, relaxation levels and overall mood state improved significantly after treatments.  (Katz, J.,  Wowk, A.,  Culp, D., Wakeling, H. Pain and tension are reduced among hospital nurses after on-site massage treatments: A pilot study. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, Volume 14, Issue 3, June 1999, Pages 128-133.) Abstract
  • Adults were given a chair massage, and control group adults were asked to relax in a chair for 15 minutes, two times a week for five weeks. Study resulted in increased relaxation, lower depression scores, and decreased job stress. (Field, T., Ironson, G., Scafidi, F., Nawrocki, T.,Goncalves, A., Burman, I. , Pickens, J., Fox, N., Schanberg, S., & Kuhn, C.. Massage therapy reduces anxiety and enhances EEG pattern of alertness and math computations. International Journal of Neuroscience, (1996) Vol. 86, 197-205.) Abstract
  • This study evaluated the effectiveness of an on-site chair massage therapy program in reducing anxiety and stress levels of employees. Subjects participated in the chair massage therapy program or break therapy (control group) for 6 weeks for 15 minutes a week. Significant reductions in anxiety and stress levels were found for the massage group.  (Shulman, K.R., Jones, G.E. The Effectiveness of Massage Therapy Intervention on Reducing Anxiety in the Workplace. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 32(2): 160-173; Jn 1996.) Abstract