Maria was one of the massage therapists in these 2 studies that did clinical research regarding the effectiveness of massage therapy on alleviating chronic tension headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome.
1. Massage Therapy and Frequency of Chronic Tension Headaches.
Overall Conclusions: The muscle-specific massage therapy technique used in this study has the potential to be a functional, nonpharmacological intervention for reducing the incidence of chronic tension headache.
American Journal of Public Health: October 2002, Vol. 92, No. 10, pp. 1657-1661.
Christopher Quinn, DC, Clint Chandler, BS, and Albert Moraska, PhD (The authors are with the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Boulder, Colo.)
Objectives: The effect of massage therapy on chronic nonmigraine headache was investigated.
Methods: Chronic tension headache sufferers received structured massage therapy treatment directed toward neck and shoulder muscles. Headache frequency, duration, and intensity were recorded and compared with baseline measures.
Results: Compared with baseline values, headache frequency was significantly reduced within the first week of the massage protocol. The reduction of headache frequency continued for the remainder of the study (P = .009). The duration of headaches tended to decrease during the massage treatment period (P = .058). Headache intensity was unaffected by massage (P = .19).
Conclusions: The muscle-specific massage therapy technique used in this study has the potential to be a functional, nonpharmacological intervention for reducing the incidence of chronic tension headache.
2. Comparison of a Targeted and General Massage Protocol on Strength, Function, and Symptoms Associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Randomized Pilot Study.
Overall Conclusions: Massage therapy was shown to be a practical conservative intervention for nerve compression problems, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: 2008 Apr;14(3):259-67
A Moraska, C Chandler, A Edmiston-Schaetzel, G Franklin, EL Calenda, B Enebo (The authors are with the School of Nursing at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center)