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Evidence-informed management of chronic low back pain with massage. The management of chronic low back pain (CLBP) has proven to be very challenging in North America, as evidenced by its mounting socioeconomic burden. Choosing amongst available nonsurgical therapies can be overwhelming for many stakeholders, including patients, health providers, policy makers, and third-party payers. Although all parties share a common goal and wish to use limited health-care resources to support interventions
Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain. To determine the effectiveness of lessons in the Alexander technique, massage therapy, and advice from a doctor to take exercise (exercise prescription) along with nurse delivered behavioural counselling for patients with chronic or recurrent back pain.Factorial randomised trial.64 general practices in England.579 patients with chronic or recurrent low back pain; 144 (...) were randomised to normal care, 147 to massage, 144 to six Alexander technique lessons, and 144 to 24 Alexander technique lessons; half of each of these groups were randomised to exercise prescription.Normal care (control), six sessions of massage, six or 24 lessons on the Alexander technique, and prescription for exercise from a doctor with nurse delivered behavioural counselling.Roland Morris disability score (number of activities impaired by pain) and number of days in pain.Exercise and lessons
Massage therapy for the treatment of depression: a systematic review Massage therapy for the treatment of depression: a systematic review Massage therapy for the treatment of depression: a systematic review Coelho H F, Boddy K, Ernst E CRD summary The authors concluded that there is currently a lack of evidence from randomised controlled trials to demonstrate the effectiveness of massage therapy in the treatment of depression in populations with depression or subsyndromal symptoms of depression (...) . In light of the methodological weaknesses of the included studies, the authors' conclusions are appropriate. Authors' objectives To evaluate the effectiveness of massage therapy (MT) in the treatment of depression. Searching PubMed, EMBASE, Scopus, ISI Web of Science, the Cochrane CENTRAL Register, PsycINFO, CINAHL and AMED were searched from inception until June 2006; the search terms were reported and no language restrictions were applied. The references of retrieved articles were also checked. Study
Effectiveness of sports massage for recovery of skeletal muscle from strenuous exercise Effectiveness of sports massage for recovery of skeletal muscle from strenuous exercise Effectiveness of sports massage for recovery of skeletal muscle from strenuous exercise Best T M, Hunter R, Wilcox A, Haq F CRD summary This review assessed the effectiveness of sports massage for improving recovery after strenuous exercise and concluded that RCTs provided moderate support for this intervention (...) . This was a poorly reported review with significant flaws. The conclusions should not be regarded as reliable. Authors' objectives To review the effectiveness of sports massage for improving recovery after strenuous exercise. Searching MEDLINE, EMBASE and CINAHL were searched without language restrictions from 1950 to 2007 (search terms were reported). Reference sections of included papers were scanned for additional studies. Study selection Studies were eligible for this review if they included people who were
Assessing the effect of sample size, methodological quality and statistical rigour on outcomes of randomised controlled trials on mobilisation, manipulation and massage for low back pain of at least 6 weeks duration Assessing the effect of sample size, methodological quality and statistical rigour on outcomes of randomised controlled trials on mobilisation, manipulation and massage for low back pain of at least 6 weeks duration Assessing the effect of sample size, methodological quality (...) and statistical rigour on outcomes of randomised controlled trials on mobilisation, manipulation and massage for low back pain of at least 6 weeks duration Hettinga DM, Hurley DA, Jackson A, May S, Mercer C, Roberts L CRD summary The review concluded that many trials of manual therapy for lower back pain had shortcomings, but there remained evidence from higher quality trials to support the use of a manual therapy package compared with General Practitioner care for non-specific lower back pain of at least six
Massage therapy as a supportive care intervention for children with cancer Massage therapy as a supportive care intervention for children with cancer Massage therapy as a supportive care intervention for children with cancer Hughes D, Ladas E, Rooney D, Kelly K CRD summary This poorly reported review concluded that massage could be integrated safely as an adjunct intervention for managing the side effects and psychological conditions associated with anti-cancer treatments in children (...) . These conclusions should not be considered reliable due to a lack of reported review methods, no apparent quality assessment and unclear synthesis of heterogeneous primary data. Authors' objectives To summarise the literature on massage therapy as a potential intervention for children with cancer. Searching PubMed was searched using the reported terms (no dates given), as were online references, published government reports, reviews, relevant books and the bibliographies of retrieved articles. Neither date nor
Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain: economic evaluation. An economic evaluation of therapeutic massage, exercise, and lessons in the Alexander technique for treating persistent back pain.Cost consequences study and cost effectiveness analysis at 12 month follow-up of a factorial randomised controlled trial.579 patients with chronic or recurrent low back pain recruited from primary care.Normal care (...) (control), massage, and six or 24 lessons in the Alexander technique. Half of each group were randomised to a prescription for exercise from a doctor plus behavioural counselling from a nurse.Costs to the NHS and to participants. Comparison of costs with Roland-Morris disability score (number of activities impaired by pain), days in pain, and quality adjusted life years (QALYs). Comparison of NHS costs with QALY gain, using incremental cost effectiveness ratios and cost effectiveness acceptability
Randomised controlled trial of Alexander technique lessons, exercise, and massage (ATEAM) for chronic and recurrent back pain: economic evaluation Untitled Document The CRD Databases will not be available from 08:00 BST on Friday 4th October until 08:00 BST on Monday 7th October for essential maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Acupressure and meridian massage: combined effects on increasing body weight in premature infants The purpose of this study was to assess the body weight gain of combined acupressure and meridian massage in premature infants.Each year in Taiwan, 8-10% of newborns are delivered prematurely. Effective postnatal care is essential to ensure the healthy development of premature infants. Massage therapy has been administered to facilitate weight gain in the neonatal unit. The evidence-based findings (...) in previous studies did not include acupressure or meridian massage.A double-blind clinical trial was conducted in a medical centre in central Taiwan.Forty subjects were randomised into two groups. The 20 subjects in the experimental group were given a standard procedure of acupressure at Zhongwan, Zusanli, Yongquan, abdominal rubbing, spleen and stomach meridian massage, and kneading the points along the spine of the bladder meridian. These treatments were administered for 15 minutes per session, one
Massage and touch for dementia. Massage and touch have been suggested as a non-pharmacological alternative or supplement to other treatments offered in order to reduce or manage a range of conditions associated with dementia such as anxiety, agitated behaviour and depression. It has also been suggested that massage and touch may counteract cognitive decline.To assess the effects of a range of massage and touch therapies on conditions associated with dementia, such as anxiety, agitated behaviour (...) and depression, identify any adverse effects, and provide recommendations about future trials.We identified trials from a search of the Specialized Register of the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group on 12 July 2005 using the terms massage, reflexology, touch and shiatsu. This Register contains records from all major healthcare databases and many ongoing trials databases and is updated regularly. In addition, general and specific literature databases were searched and patient and therapist
Massage for mechanical neck disorders. Mechanical neck disorders (MND) are common, disabling and costly. Massage is a commonly used modality for the treatment of neck pain.To assess the effects of massage on pain, function, patient satisfaction and cost of care in adults with neck pain. To document adverse effects of treatment.Cochrane CENTRAL, MEDLINE, EMBASE, MANTIS, CINAHL, and ICL databases were electronically searched, without language restriction, from their inception to September (...) and control groups. Therefore, a levels-of-evidence approach was used to synthesize results. Assessment of the clinical applicability of the trials showed that the participant characteristics were well reported, but neither the descriptions of the massage intervention nor the credentials or experience of the massage professionals were well reported. Six trials examined massage as a stand-alone treatment. The results were inconsistent. Of the 14 trials that used massage as part of a multimodal intervention
The clinical effectiveness of therapeutic massage for musculoskeletal pain: a systematic review The clinical effectiveness of therapeutic massage for musculoskeletal pain: a systematic review The clinical effectiveness of therapeutic massage for musculoskeletal pain: a systematic review Lewis M, Johnson M I CRD summary This review assessed the effects of therapeutic massage for the symptomatic relief of musculoskeletal pain and concluded that the evidence was inconclusive due (...) to the methodological failings of the included studies. Despite some concerns about the review methodology, the authors' cautious conclusions adequately reflect the poor quality and limitations of the included studies. Authors' objectives To determine the effectiveness of therapeutic massage (compared with sham or alternative treatments) for the symptomatic relief of muscle pain and to analyse therapeutic massage protocols used in studies. Searching MEDLINE, CINAHL, Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro), Sports
The effects of massage therapy in improving outcomes for youth with cystic fibrosis: an evidence review The effects of massage therapy in improving outcomes for youth with cystic fibrosis: an evidence review The effects of massage therapy in improving outcomes for youth with cystic fibrosis: an evidence review Huth M M, Zink K A, Van Horn N R CRD summary This review included studies of massage therapy in children and adults with cystic fibrosis and other lung conditions. The authors concluded (...) that there is preliminary evidence supporting the use of massage therapy in young people and adults with lung conditions. The small number of studies found and their methodological limitations mean that the authors' conclusions may not be reliable. Authors' objectives To determine whether massage therapy (MT) is effective in reducing pain and improving health outcomes in young people with cystic fibrosis (CF). Searching The authors searched the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE (via Ovid), PubMed, CINAHL, and databases
Aromatherapy and massage for symptom relief in patients with cancer. Aromatherapy massage is a commonly used complementary therapy, and is employed in cancer and palliative care largely to improve quality of life and reduce psychological distress.To investigate whether aromatherapy and/or massage decreases psychological morbidity, lessens symptom distress and/or improves the quality of life in patients with a diagnosis of cancer.We searched CENTRAL (Cochrane Library Issue 1 2002), MEDLINE (1966 (...) of aromatherapy and/or massage for patients with cancer, that measured changes in patient-reported levels of physical or psychological distress or quality of life using reliable and valid tools.Two reviewers independently assessed trials for inclusion in the review, assessed study quality and extracted data. Study authors were contacted where information was unclear.The search strategy retrieved 1322 references. Ten reports met the inclusion criteria and these represented eight RCTs (357 patients). The most
A review of the evidence for the effectiveness, safety, and cost of acupuncture, massage therapy, and spinal manipulation for back pain. Few treatments for back pain are supported by strong scientific evidence. Conventional treatments, although widely used, have had limited success. Dissatisfied patients have, therefore, turned to complementary and alternative medical therapies and providers for care for back pain.To provide a rigorous and balanced summary of the best available evidence about (...) the effectiveness, safety, and costs of the most popular complementary and alternative medical therapies used to treat back pain.MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register.Systematic reviews of randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) that were published since 1995 and that evaluated acupuncture, massage therapy, or spinal manipulation for nonspecific back pain and RCTs published since the reviews were conducted.Two authors independently extracted data from the reviews (including number of RCTs
Massage therapy: a quick review on the available evidence Massage therapy: a quick review on the available evidence Massage therapy: a quick review on the available evidence WCB Evidence Based Practice Group Record Status This is a bibliographic record of a published health technology assessment. No evaluation of the quality of this assessment has been made for the HTA database. Citation WCB Evidence Based Practice Group. Massage therapy: a quick review on the available evidence. Richmond, BC (...) : WorkSafe BC 2003: 7 Authors' objectives The purpose of this paper is to provide a quick review on the available evidence on the effectiveness of massage therapy. Authors' conclusions Massage may be beneficial for patients with sub-acute and chronic non-specific low back pain especially when combined with exercises and education. The evidence suggested that acupressure is more effective than classic massage. Project page URL ence_based_medicine/default.asp Indexing Status Subject indexing assigned
Perineal massage in labour and prevention of perineal trauma: randomised controlled trial. To determine the effects of perineal massage in the second stage of labour on perineal outcomes.Randomised controlled trial.At 36 weeks' gestation, women expecting normal birth of a singleton were asked to join the study. Women became eligible to be randomised in labour if they progressed to full dilatation of the cervix or 8 cm or more if nulliparous or 5 cm or more if multiparous. 1340 were randomised (...) into the trial.Massage and stretching of the perineum during the second stage of labour with a water soluble lubricant.rates of intact perineum, episiotomies, and first, second, third, and fourth degree tears.pain at three and 10 days postpartum and pain, dyspareunia, resumption of sexual intercourse, and urinary and faecal incontinence and urgency three months postpartum.Rates of intact perineums, first and second degree tears, and episiotomies were similar in the massage and the control groups. There were fewer
Randomised trial of acupuncture compared with conventional massage and "sham" laser acupuncture for treatment of chronic neck pain. To compare the efficacy of acupuncture and conventional massage for the treatment of chronic neck pain.Prospective, randomised, placebo controlled trial.Three outpatient departments in Germany.177 patients aged 18-85 years with chronic neck pain.Patients were randomly allocated to five treatments over three weeks with acupuncture (56), massage (60), or "sham" laser (...) treatment. Patients' beliefs in treatment were assessed.One week after five treatments the acupuncture group showed a significantly greater improvement in motion related pain compared with massage (difference 24.22 (95% confidence interval 16.5 to 31.9), P=0.0052) but not compared with sham laser (17.28 (10.0 to 24.6), P=0.327). Differences between acupuncture and massage or sham laser were greater in the subgroup who had had pain for longer than five years (n=75) and in patients with myofascial pain
Is massage useful in the management of diabetes: a systematic review Is massage useful in the management of diabetes: a systematic review Is massage useful in the management of diabetes: a systematic review Ezzo J, Donner T, Nickols D, Cox M Authors' objectives To address the following four questions: 1. Can massage improve insulin absorption, e.g. by increasing serum insulin in type 1 diabetes or increasing tissue insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes? 2. Can massage help normalise blood (...) glucose levels? 3. Can massage provide relief of symptoms associated with diabetic neuropathy? 4. What are the known adverse effects, contraindications, or precautions related to massage for people with diabetes. Searching MEDLINE was searched from 1966 to 2001. The search terms included 'massage', 'touch', 'chiropractic', 'Trager', 'Rolfing', 'craniosacral therapy', 'neuromuscular therapy', 'acupressure', 'Shiatsu' and 'manual lymphatic drainage' combined with the terms 'diabetes', 'blood glucose