Massage & ADHD - In a recent TRI study, researchers selected children to receive massage twice a week for a month to test the more long-term effect of massage and ADHD. Results showed that students were more productive in class, and their teachers rated them less hyperactive.
Massage & Autism - You slow the heart rate, for example, which can increase the ability to focus. One TRI study compared a control group of children who received moderate pressure and smooth, stroking movements for 15-minute sessions, twice a week for four weeks. In another study, massage also helped the children sleep better, bringing things full circle.
Massage & Fibromyalgia - Massage, properly performed, seems particularly helpful in treating fibromyalgia. Patients consistently report that they find bodywork to be the top therapy for providing short-term relief and long-term improvement.
Massage & Seniors - Massage has a great deal to offer in ameliorating the aches and pains associated with aging. Along with exercise and NSAIDs, massage can reduce symptoms of common OA. For people living with Alzheimer’s disease, massage is a low-risk and relatively low-cost intervention that can be easily taught to caregivers. Particularly with the concern over the long-term side effects associated with many of the medications used to manage behavior in patients with Alzheimer's disease, massage is a promising intervention that may reduce caregiver stress as well.