Massage and Health: Medical Literature Abounds
A factoid or two: of the 380 free artlcles, the earliest was published in 1919, illustrating the fact that research about massage therapy’s usefulness is long lived! This article was actually a review of a book for physicians on manual therapies. In 1994, the British Journal of Sports Medicine published “Massage--the scientific basis of an ancient art” as a two part article, while the Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal Neonatal Edition published an article called “Massage in pre-term infants”. This is the first incidence of multiple articles with massage in the title being published in a single year (based on evaluation of this collection medical literature). And now to the present: in 2009 and year to date in 2010, 75 articles pertain to massage therapy.
One last factoid: 269 of these articles use the word ‘massage’ in the title. Here are typical examples:
- Effectiveness of focused structural massage and relaxation massage for chronic low back pain: protocol for a randomized controlled trial
- Changes in Psychological Parameters in Patients with Tension-type Headache Following Massage Therapy: A Pilot Study
- Randomized Trial of Therapeutic Massage for Chronic Neck Pain
- Massage Therapy vs. Simple Touch to Improve Pain and Mood in Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Randomized Trial