Massage for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Written by Tiffany Field, Ph.D.; Miguel Diego; Christy Cullen; Kristin Hartshorn; Alan Gruskin; Maria Hernandez-Reif, Ph.D.; and William Sunshine

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A nerve conduction test was also performed atrepparttar start and finish ofrepparttar 150297 study. This involved stimulation ofrepparttar 150298 median sensory nerves through electrodes placed on each subject's index finger and wrist. Peak sensory latencies were recorded to test for nerve compression atrepparttar 150299 carpal tunnel. Median peak latency wasrepparttar 150300 primary outcome measure.

Assessments were also made before and afterrepparttar 150301 massage sessions onrepparttar 150302 first and last days ofrepparttar 150303 study, includingrepparttar 150304 Perceived Grip Strength Scale; VITAS, a pain assessment using a visual analogue scale;repparttar 150305 state anxiety inventory; andrepparttar 150306 Profile of Mood States.

Results ofrepparttar 150307 study showed thatrepparttar 150308 subjects inrepparttar 150309 massage group had significantly less pain and reduced carpal tunnel symptoms, as well as shorter median peak latencies and increased grip strength.

"Functional activity also improved as noted in reduced pain and increased grip strength inrepparttar 150310 massage therapy group, both immediately afterrepparttar 150311 first and last massage therapy sessions and byrepparttar 150312 end ofrepparttar 150313 study," staterepparttar 150314 study's authors. "Finally,repparttar 150315 massage therapy group reported lower anxiety and depressed mood levels both immediately afterrepparttar 150316 first and last sessions and byrepparttar 150317 end ofrepparttar 150318 study."

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*Source: Touch Research Institutes at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Originally published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2004, Vol. 8, pp. 9-14.

Massage Reduces Headache Frequency

Written by Saman Baghestani

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The pressure was maintained untilrepparttar referral pain ceased, or for a maximum of two minutes, then slowly eased to produce a vascular flushing. In a typical session, six active trigger points were treated, andrepparttar 150296 procedure was repeated three-to-five times on each point.

Every night before bed participants completed a headache diary form, recording number of headaches, intensity of most severe headache, and duration of longest headache.

Each subject experienced a reduction in headaches withinrepparttar 150297 first week of massage treatment, andrepparttar 150298 mean number of headaches per week was significantly reduced from 6.8 to 2 duringrepparttar 150299 four weeks of massage.

"Because our therapeutic massage protocol specifically addressed trigger-point activity, we believe thatrepparttar 150300 reduction in activity of these regions by massage was a major contributor torepparttar 150301 observed beneficial effects on tension headache," staterepparttar 150302 study's authors.

Although duration of headache decreased for all four subjects,repparttar 150303 decrease was not statistically significant, and there was no significant change in headache intensity.

"The findings suggest that a larger, more complete study that includes a proper control group is warranted," staterepparttar 150304 study's authors.

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*Source: Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Authors: Christopher Quinn, Clint Chandler and Albert Moraska, Ph.D. Originally published in American Journal of Public Health, October 2002, Vol. 92, No. 10, pp. 1,657-1,661.

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