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TitleMassage therapy reduces pain in pregnant women, alleviates prenatal depression in both parents and improves their relationships
Author(s)Field, Tiffany
Figueiredo, Bárbara
Hernandez-Reif, Maria
Diego, Miguel
Deeds, Osvelia
Ascencio, Angela
Keywordsmassage therapy
prenatally depressed
Prenatally depressed women
Issue dateApr-2008
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
CitationTiffany Field, Barbara Figueiredo, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Miguel Diego, Osvelia Deeds, Angela Ascencio, Massage therapy reduces pain in pregnant women, alleviates prenatal depression in both parents and improves their relationships, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 12, Issue 2, April 2008, Pages 146-150, ISSN 1360-8592,
Abstract(s)Prenatally depressed women (N=47) were randomly assigned to a group that received massage twice weekly from their partners from 20 weeks gestation until the end of pregnancy or a control group. Self-reported leg pain, back pain, depression, anxiety and anger decreased more for the massaged pregnant women than for the control group women. In addition, the partners who massaged the pregnant women versus the control group partners reported less depressed mood, anxiety and anger across the course of the massage therapy period. Finally, scores on a relationship questionnaire improved more for both the women and the partners in the massage group. These data suggest that not only mood states but also relationships improve mutually when depressed pregnant women are massaged by their partners.
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