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Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. 2013 Jun 3;6(2):24-8. Print 2013.

Positive effects of massage therapy on a patient with narcolepsy.

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Massage Therapy Program, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this case report was to investigate the effects of massage therapy on the sleep patterns of a woman with narcolepsy.

PARTICIPANT:

The 23-year-old woman's primary symptoms included excessive daytime sleepiness and periodic leg movements (PLM), which were associated with her diagnoses of both narcolepsy and cataplexy.

INTERVENTION:

Five 45-minute massage therapy treatments were administered over a five-week period. The patient's sleep patterns were recorded each week before the treatment. A final measurement was recorded in the sixth week. The sleep patterns were monitored using the Leeds Sleep Evaluation Questionnaire, which included ten visual analogue scales.

RESULTS:

The results of this case report included an improvement in getting to sleep by 148%, an improvement in quality of sleep by 1100%, an improvement in awake following sleep by 121%, and an improvement in behaviour following wakening by 28% using the Leeds Sleep Evaluation Questionnaire.

CONCLUSION:

This case report suggests that massage therapy had a positive effect on this patient with narcolepsy. Further research is needed to investigate the effects of massage therapy on narcolepsy and sleep patterns.

KEYWORDS:

awake following sleep; behaviour following wakening; getting to sleep; massage therapy; narcolepsy; quality of sleep; sleep patterns

PMID:
23730398
PMCID:
PMC3666598
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