Tuesday 6th February 2018

Regular “corporate” massage shown to increase movement while decreasing pain and discomfort


A “chair massage” is typically where a person seated and clothed receives a short massage around the neck and shoulders.  Some employers provide these to help morale and production while reducing work injuries and absenteeism.   A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that a simple chair massage twice a week for a month resulted in a significant reduction in pain and discomfort, and an increase in head and neck movement.  Having such massage performed professionally over time would require considerable time and expense.  With the proper advice and a DrGraeme hand held massager most people can have a regular quality massage for practically no ongoing cost.

The trial details

Nineteen female volunteers who worked in management or administration were provided with a corporate type “Chair massage” twice a week for two months.  Detailed scientific questionnaires were used to measure their levels of neck and upper back pain and discomfort.  Measurements were also made of their head and neck ranges of movement.  Over the month ranges of movement improved approximately 10-15%.   while their levels of neck and upper back pain also reduced considerably.

Other research

Our article “Massage for health and wellbeing” discusses several other  trials of regular corporate style massage that show very worthwhile reductions in symptoms such as pain and anxiety.

Professional consultation

We encourage you to share this information with your health care professional. Download the .pdf of the practitioner version of this summary, plus summary of other trials: Download, Summary of other trials

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Several years ago Dr Graeme, a Chiropractor practicing in Victoria, Australia was looking for a serious hand held massager his patients could use at home to get the extra quality massage they needed. The ones he found in the shops and on-line for home use looked nice but were not serious, and ... read more