The RMT Education Project is an initiative to promote the benefits of massage therapy to an international audience, here I have to put together a list of research papers relevant to anxiety.
Massage Can be a Source of Safety, Comfort and Relief
- There is emerging research indicating that massage therapy can improve health related quality of life for people with anxiety. A recent pilot study five sessions of massage therapy was shown to improve the symptoms of anxiety (Rapaport et al. 2016)
- A biopsychosocial model of massage therapy helps put into context the interconnected and multidirectional interaction between: physiology, thoughts, emotions, behaviors, culture, and beliefs.
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de Oliveira, F.R., Visnardi Gonçalves, L.C., ... de Oliveira Crege, D.R.X. (2018). Massage therapy in cortisol circadian rhythm, pain intensity, perceived stress index and quality of life of fibromyalgia syndrome patients. Complement Ther Clin Pract.
Field, T. (2016). Massage therapy research review. Complement Ther Clin Pract. (OPEN ACCESS)
Jayakody, K., Gunadasa, S., Hosker, C. (2014). Exercise for anxiety disorders: systematic review. Br J Sports Med.
Mącznik, A.K., Schneiders, A.G., Athens, J., Sullivan, S.J. (2017). Does Acupressure Hit the Mark? A Three-Arm Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial of Acupressure for Pain and Anxiety Relief in Athletes With Acute Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries. Clin J Sport Med.
Moraska, A., Pollini, R.A., Boulanger, K., Brooks, M.Z., Teitlebaum, L. (2010). Physiological adjustments to stress measures following massage therapy: a review of the literature. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. (OPEN ACCESS)
Moyer, C.A. (2008). Affective massage therapy. Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. (OPEN ACCESS)
Moyer, C.A., Rounds, J., Hannum, J.W. A meta-analysis of massage therapy research. Psychol Bull.
Rapaport, M.H., Schettler, P., Larson, E.R., ... Kinkead, B. (2016). Acute Swedish Massage Monotherapy Successfully Remediates Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Proof-of-Concept, Randomized Controlled Study. J Clin Psychiatry.
Sherman, K.J., Ludman, E.J., Cook, A.J., ... Cherkin, D.C. (2010). Effectiveness of therapeutic massage for generalized anxiety disorder: a randomized controlled trial. Depress Anxiety. (OPEN ACCESS)
Stein, M.B., Craske, M.G. (2017). Treating Anxiety in 2017: Optimizing Care to Improve Outcomes. JAMA.