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Int J Neurosci. 2010 May;120(5):381-5. doi: 10.3109/00207450903579475.

Moderate pressure is essential for massage therapy effects.

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Touch Research Institutes, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida 33101, USA. tfield@med.miami.edu

Abstract

Moderate pressure appears to be necessary for massage therapy effects. Studies comparing moderate and light pressure massage are reviewed and they suggest that growth and development are enhanced in infants and stress is reduced in adults, but only by moderate pressure massage. The stimulation of pressure receptors leads to increased vagal activity which, in turn, seems to mediate the diverse benefits noted for massage therapy.

PMID:
20402578
DOI:
10.3109/00207450903579475
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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