Research & Massage
From the desk of Jen Jaynes, LMT... There has been a lot of research done on the effects of therapeutic massage. Below is a sample of studies to give an idea of what massage can do for various medical conditions. This post is an accompaniment to a presentation given on February 10th, 2014 to Boston University medical students.
Massage Studies Discussed in Our Presentation:
Review of Research on Therapeutic Massage for Preterm Infants A roundup of most of the studies done on massage for preterm infants, with links to all studies discussed.
Review of Research on Therapeutic Massage for Non-Malignant Pain Syndromes Summary of studies on headaches, fibromyalgia, and low back pain.
Effect of Facial Massage on Static Balance in Individuals with Temporomandibular Disorder This pilot study found no benefit to TMD patients from massage.
Massage Therapy Attenuates Inflammatory Signaling After Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage This study made a large splash claiming to show how massage helps muscles heal after exercise, but has some design and conclusion flaws.
Counterpoint to the Crane et al Study Above This is one surgeon’s response to the inflammation study, with detailed criticisms of the methods used.
Massage Therapy for the Pain of Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized, Controlled Trial Study that found massage reduced pain and increased function and mobility for osteoarthritis patients.
Children with asthma have improved pulmonary function after massage therapy An early study on the benefits of massage in pediatric asthma patients.
Massage Therapy is Associated with Enhancement of the Immune System's Cytotoxic Capacity In this study, patients with HIV who received massage showed increased Natural Killer cells.
A pragmatic investigation into the effects of massage therapy on the self efficacy of multiple sclerosis clients Investigation of how capable multiple sclerosis patients felt during and after a course of therapeutic massage.
Interesting studies for further reading:
A Meta-Analysis of Massage Therapy Research This analysis looks at the effects seen (or not seen) across multiple massage studies, and found that a single massage reduces anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate. Multiple massages were found to reduce pain and depression.
Moderate Versus Light Pressure Massage Therapy Leads to Greater Weight Gain in Preterm Infants An example of newer massage research, comparing types of massage to find the most effective techniques, rather than simply comparing massage to no massage.
A review of the evidence for the effectiveness, safety, and cost of acupuncture, massage therapy, and spinal manipulation for back pain A comparison study of chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage for low back pain.
Literature review about effectiveness of massage therapy for cancer pain This literature review explores the effectiveness of massage therapy to reduce cancer pain. Most cancer patients are going through intense and unbearable pain. Seventy-three per cent of cancer patients use massage therapy in the USA. Studies have reported that most of the cancer patients' pain reduced with therapeutic massage.
Jen Jaynes Licensed Massage Therapist
Jen Jaynes is a licensed massage therapist and a 2006 graduate of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Watertown, MA (now the Cortiva Institute in Boston). Jen enjoys working with clients to meet their wellness goals through massage. Through discussion with the client and careful observation, she creates a custom ized massage and treatment plan for each client, drawing from Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, and sports massage techniques. She works both specifically, to release tight muscles, and generally, to help clients integrate all their muscles into a smoothly working whole. Using this variety of tools, Jen creates a deep and effective massage.
Jen received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Brandeis University and is a member of American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). She is dedicated to ongoing education, and regularly takes workshops to develop additional massage skills, including prenatal massage, myofascial release for shoulder dysfunction, hot stone massage, and sports massage. She brings these techniques to each session, to create the ideal combination of massage methods for each client.
Jen enjoys finding new sports and ways to use her body. During massage school, she also trained in a western martial art of full-contact sword fighting, and learned first-hand how effective massage can be for hard-working muscles. She is currently learning aerial arts, such as silks and static trapeze. Because of her experience in several demanding sports, she has an understanding and open mind for how clients use their body and the demands they place on it daily. Her massages focus on helping her client’s body meet all of the challenges of their every day life and physical activities with ease and comfort.