A randomized, controlled trial of massage therapy as a treatment for migraine

Lawler, S. P. and Cameron, L. D. (2006) A randomized, controlled trial of massage therapy as a treatment for migraine. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 32 1: 50-59. doi:10.1207/s15324796abm3201_6


Author Lawler, S. P.
Cameron, L. D.
Title A randomized, controlled trial of massage therapy as a treatment for migraine
Journal name Annals of Behavioral Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0883-6612
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1207/s15324796abm3201_6
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 50
End page 59
Total pages 10
Editor A. J. Christensen
Place of publication Mahwah
Publisher Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc Inc
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321206 Preventive Medicine
730219 Behaviour and health
Abstract Background: Migraine is a distressing disorder that is often triggered by stress and poor sleep. Only one randomized controlled trial (RCT) has assessed the effects of massage therapy on migraine experiences, which yielded some promising findings. Purpose: An RCT was designed to replicate and extend the earlier findings using a larger sample, additional stress-related indicators, and assessments past the final session to identify longer-term effects of massage therapy on stress and migraine, experiences. Methods: Migraine sufferers (N = 47) who were randomly assigned to massage or control conditions completed daily assessments of migraine experiences and sleep patterns for 13 weeks. Massage participants attended weekly massage sessions during Weeks 5 to 10. State anxiety, heart rates, and salivary cortisol were assessed before and after the sessions. Perceived stress and coping efficacy were assessed at Weeks 4, 10, and 13. Results: Compared to control participants, massage participants exhibited greater improvements in migraine frequency and sleep quality during the intervention weeks and the 3 follow-up weeks. Trends for beneficial effects of massage therapy on perceived stress and coping efficacy were observed. During sessions, massage induced decreases in state anxiety, heart rate, and cortisol. Conclusions: The findings provide preliminary support for the utility of massage therapy as a nonpharmacologic treatment for individuals suffering from migraines.
Keyword Psychology, Multidisciplinary
Headache
Management
Anxiety
Stress
Health
Sleep
Q-Index Code C1
Additional Notes This was a publication from my PhD, and contributes to the limited scientific literature investigating the effects of massage therapy. This was the second randomised, controlled trial to investigate the effect of massage therapy on migraines. This study provides preliminary support for the utility of massage therapy as a nonpharmacologic treatment for individuals suffering from migraines. This article since publication has gained considerable attention in the complementary therapies arena. IF 3.5 = : Citations = 0 10.1207/s15324796abm3201_6 http://ezproxy.library.uq.edu.au/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1207/s15324796abm3201_6

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