Massage Research Roundup 3

In this issue, I looked at a study that points to the positive effects of massage on women who have had unplanned caesarean sections.  They experienced less pain and stress, and a reduction in opioid use compared to other patients.  I know from my own clinic how both pre and post-natal massage can help women to ease tension and stress, helping them in their journey into motherhood.

The next paper explored how complementary therapies can help patients with Parkinson’s disease at a centre in Minnesota, USA.  Massage, meditation, yoga, acupuncture and Tai Chi were all deemed helpful for alleviating a range of symptoms.

The third study had positive results from foot massage for the release of oxytocin and increased sensitivity in brain regions involved in social cognition, suggesting this could help people with autism.