1.      The effects of abdominal meridian massage on constipation among CVA patients.

 Taehan Kanho Hakhoe Chi. 2005 Feb;35(1):135-42.

Jeon SY, Jung HM. [Article in Korean]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15778565

 

Source

Dong-eui Medical Center, Korea.

Abstract

Purpose

This study was aimed at developing an efficient nursing method for the management of constipation by comparing the effects of abdominal meridian massage on the symptoms of constipation.

Method

The subjects were determined by the Rome II criteria and the Constipation Assessment Scale from Aug 30 through Sep 26, 2002. They were randomly divided into two groups: one experimental group of 16, another control group of 15. Abdominal meridian massage was given to the experimental group and no massage was given to the control group. The frequency of defecation and severity of constipation by CAS were measured. The data was analyzed with the t-test, chi(2)-test, and repeated measures ANOVA.

Results

There was a significant improvement in frequency of defecation, and severity of constipation in the experimental group compared to the control group.

Conclusion

Abdominal meridian massage can be considered an effective nursing method for the management of constipation among CVA patients.

PMID: 15778565

PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

 

2. Effect of massage therapy on stress levels and quality of life in brain tumor patients--observations from a pilot study.

Keir ST.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21046417

 

Source

Duke University Medical Center, The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710, USA. keir0001@mc.duke.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Patients with brain tumors report experiencing elevated levels of stress across the disease continuum. Massage therapy is a commonly used complementary therapy and is employed in cancer care to reduce psychological stress and to improve quality of life (QoL). The purpose of this pilot study was to obtain a preliminary assessment of the efficacy of massage therapy on patient reported psychological outcomes and QoL.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The design of the study was a prospective, single-arm intervention. Participants were newly diagnosed primary brain tumor patients who reported experiencing stress and who received a total of eight massages over a period of 4 weeks. Participants completed the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10) and the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Brain to assess their stress level and QoL.

RESULTS:

As a group, levels of stress dropped significantly between weeks 2 and 3 (M = 12.3, SD = 3.09, P ≤ 0.010). A trend for the reduction in stress continued through week 4 (P ≤ 0.063). At the end of week 4, PSS-10 scores of all participants were below the threshold for being considered stressed. By the end of the intervention, participants reported significant improvements in three test domains, emotional well-being, additional brain tumor concerns, and social/family well-being.

CONCLUSION:

This study indicates that participation in a massage therapy program is both feasible and acceptable to newly diagnosed brain tumor patients experiencing stress. Furthermore, participants in this study reported improvements in stress and their QoL while receiving massage therapy.

PMID: 21046417

[PubMed - in process]

 

3. Rehabilitation of children after craniocerebral injuries with particular attention paid to the reflex stimulation Powiertowski's method. Preliminary study].

[Article in Polish]

Jedrzejewska A, Dobosiewicz K, Ickowicz I, Majka W, Flak M, Szota M, Czernicki K, Dyner-Jama I, Walusiak M, Pajak J, Bugała-Szpak J, Durmała J.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19817250

 

Source

Katedra i Klinika Rehabilitacji SPSK nr 7 Slaskiego Uniwersytetu Medycznego w Katowicach. reh@gcm.pl

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

An increasing number of craniocerebral injuries among children is becoming a serious therapeutic problem for emergency wards and for chronic treatment wards. The most important problem among these patients is a lengthening period of consciousness disorders. The aim of the study is to present a sample method of rehabilitation of children with brain injury.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

The rehabilitation process comprised 15 children with brain injury, including 8 with cerebral hemisphere injury and 7 with brain stem injury. The method of early motion rehabilitation was applied. It was developed by H. Powiertowski in 1970's. In the years 1991-1999 the method was used at the Children's Ward of the Department of Rehabilitation by Professor Krystyna Dobosiewicz.

RESULTS:

As a result of the applied method, 13 out of 15 children with brain injuries regained consciousness. 2 girls with severe lesion of the brain, still unconscious were transferred to the intensive care ward in the place of residence.

CONCLUSIONS:

Powiertowski's method of motion stimulation, which is presented in this paper, turned out to be successful in the process of rehabilitation children with brain injury treated in the Department of Rehabilitation.

PMID: 19817250

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

 

4. Massage accelerates brain development and the maturation of visual function.

Guzzetta A, Baldini S, Bancale A, Baroncelli L, Ciucci F, Ghirri P, Putignano E, Sale A, Viegi A, Berardi N, Boldrini A, Cioni G, Maffei L.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19420271

 

Source

Department of Developmental Neuroscience, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico Stella Maris, I-56128 Calambrone, Pisa, Italy.

Abstract

Environmental enrichment (EE) was shown recently to accelerate brain development in rodents. Increased levels of maternal care, and particularly tactile stimulation through licking and grooming, may represent a key component in the early phases of EE. We hypothesized that enriching the environment in terms of body massage may thus accelerate brain development in infants. We explored the effects of body massage in preterm infants and found that massage accelerates the maturation of electroencephalographic activity and of visual function, in particular visual acuity. In massaged infants, we found higher levels of blood IGF-1. Massage accelerated the maturation of visual function also in rat pups and increased the level of IGF-1 in the cortex. Antagonizing IGF-1 action by means of systemic injections of the IGF-1 antagonist JB1 blocked the effects of massage in rat pups. These results demonstrate that massage has an influence on brain development and in particular on visual development and suggest that its effects are mediated by specific endogenous factors such as IGF-1.

PMID: 19420271

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

 

5. Massage accelerates brain development and the maturation of visual function.

Guzzetta A, Baldini S, Bancale A, Baroncelli L, Ciucci F, Ghirri P, Putignano E, Sale A, Viegi A, Berardi N, Boldrini A, Cioni G, Maffei L.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19420271

 

Source

Department of Developmental Neuroscience, Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico Stella Maris, I-56128 Calambrone, Pisa, Italy.

Abstract

Environmental enrichment (EE) was shown recently to accelerate brain development in rodents. Increased levels of maternal care, and particularly tactile stimulation through licking and grooming, may represent a key component in the early phases of EE. We hypothesized that enriching the environment in terms of body massage may thus accelerate brain development in infants. We explored the effects of body massage in preterm infants and found that massage accelerates the maturation of electroencephalographic activity and of visual function, in particular visual acuity. In massaged infants, we found higher levels of blood IGF-1. Massage accelerated the maturation of visual function also in rat pups and increased the level of IGF-1 in the cortex. Antagonizing IGF-1 action by means of systemic injections of the IGF-1 antagonist JB1 blocked the effects of massage in rat pups. These results demonstrate that massage has an influence on brain development and in particular on visual development and suggest that its effects are mediated by specific endogenous factors such as IGF-1.

PMID: 19420271

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

 

6. Clinical observation and mechanism study on acupuncture combined with massage for treatment of vertebrobasilar insufficiency.

[Article in Chinese]

Liang LA, Chen W, Hu X, Yang WX, Lin ZJ, Chen SJ, Jiang CG.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16309147

 

Source

Affiliated Ruikang Hospital of Guangxi TCM University, Nanning 530011, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To search for the best program increasing clinical therapeutic effect on vertebrobasilar insufficiency (VBI) and to study the mechanism.

METHODS:

The patients were randomly divided into an acupuncture plus massage group, an acupuncture group and a massage group. Their therapeutic effects were observed and compared. And transcranial Doppler (TCD) was used for detection of systolic flow velocity (Vs), enddiastolic peak flow velocity (Vd), mean peak flow (Vm) and pulsatility index (PI) before and after treatment.

RESULTS:

The cured rate and the total effective rate in the acupuncture plus massage group were significantly higher than the acupuncture group and the massage group (P < 0.05). And there were significant differences in Vm, PI and DI in the left vertebral artery (LVA), the right vertebral artery (RVA) and the basilar artery (BA) before and after treatment (P < 0.01).

CONCLUSION:

Acupuncture combined with massage can improve Vm, PI, DI of VA-BA and the clinical therapeutic effect on VBI as well. It is superior to the simple acupuncture therapy and simple massage therapy. At present, it is one of the best therapy for VBI.

PMID: 16309147

[PubMed - in process]