Monday 16th April 2018

Massage for health and wellness

The corporate massage example

If you do an internet search on “corporate massage” you will find a large number of companies that provide workplace massage services.   The companies providing the massage claim benefits such as improved job satisfaction and productivity, a reduction of stress levels, and the reduction of work related pain and injuries.  This article presents some of the research that has been done on those benefits of regular massage done in this manner, which is largely very positive.  Not everyone has an employer who provides regular corporate massage, but  most patients can easily access these benefits with self-massage using our massager under professional advice.

Musculoskeletal benefits

The providers of corporate massage claim benefits including the reduction of pain and work related injuries.  For the background on these please see our other research based articles which discuss the accumulation of myofascial issues,  how massage can help, and the effect of vibration massage on muscle length and joint range of motion (ROM) (1,4).  We found one study that looked specifically at these effects with regular corporate massage (Sisko 2011).  Subjects were given an onsite chair massage twice a week for a month. Outcomes were measured using cervical ROM measurements and a questionnaire relating to musculoskeletal pain and discomfort.   A significant increase of ROM and decrease in pain was found. 

The reduction of stress and other psychological benefits

Several studies were found that assessed the effects of regular corporate type massage on stress, anxiety and other psychological aspects. 

Study one (Katz 1999)
Staff at a large teaching hospital were given eight 15 minute sessions of Swedish massage.  Compared with the controls the experimental group showed significant reductions in pain and tension, and an improved mood.

Study two (Narazi 2015)
Intensive care nurses were given a 25 minute session of Swedish massage twice a week for 4 weeks.  Compared with the controls the experimental group showed a significant reduction in stress levels.  This was still apparent two weeks after the intervention ceased.

Study three (Engen 2012)
Nurses were given a 15 minute chair massage each week for 10 weeks.  Their stress related symptoms reduced significantly, and interestingly 60% were willing to pay $10-25 for a 15 minute massage at work if available.

Study four (Bost  2006)
Nurses received a 15 minute Swedish back massage once a week for 5 weeks.  Anxiety levels were significantly reduced as compared to controls.

Study five (Shulman 1996)
Employees of a large company experiencing downsizing were given a 15 minute chair massage each week for six weeks.  A significant reduction in anxiety was achieved.

Study six (Sisko 2011)
Management and administration staff were given a twice weekly chair massage for a month.  Head and neck ranges of motion were increased.  Main and disability measure were reduced.

Summary

Our other articles discuss how regular massage may reduce or prevent the accumulation of the myofascial issues which lead to dysfunction and pain syndromes  The lone specific study we found of these affects of corporate massage supports the use of regular massage to reduce pain and improve flexibility (which is believed to reduce the risk of injury).  These provide an excellent rationale for patients to have regular massage.  On top of this the research clearly shows that regular massages can reduce stress and anxiety.  In the past patient access to this sort of care has been largely limited by cost, availability and time.  If the patient uses our massagers at home under your advice all such restrictions vanish. 

References

Šiško, P.K., Videmšek, M. and Karpljuk, D., 2011. The effect of a corporate chair massage program on musculoskeletal discomfort and joint range of motion in office workers. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 17(7), pp.617-622.
Katz, J., Wowk, A., Culp, D. and Wakeling, H., 1999. A Randomized Controlled Study of the Pain-and Tension-Reducing Effects of 15 Min Workplace Massage Treatments Versus Seated Rest for Nurses in a Large Teaching Hospital. Pain Research and Management, 4(2), pp.81-88.
Nazari, F., Mirzamohamadi, M. and Yousefi, H., 2015. The effect of massage therapy on occupational stress of Intensive Care Unit nurses. Iranian journal of nursing and midwifery research, 20(4), p.508.
Engen, D.J., Wahner-Roedler, D.L., Vincent, A., Chon, T.Y., Cha, S.S., Luedtke, C.A., Loehrer, L.L., Dion, L.J., Rodgers, N.J. and Bauer, B.A., 2012. Feasibility and effect of chair massage offered to nurses during work hours on stress-related symptoms: a pilot study. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 18(4), pp.212-215.
Bost, N. and Wallis, M., 2006. The effectiveness of a 15 minute weekly massage in reducing physical and psychological stress in nurses. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, The, 23(4), p.28.
Shulman, K.R. and Jones, G.E., 1996. The effectiveness of massage therapy intervention on reducing anxiety in the workplace. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 32(2), pp.160-173
Polona Kršmanc Šiško, Mateja Videmšek, and Damir Karpljuk. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. June 2011, 17(7): 617-622. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2010.0400

Other articles

1            Summary of research on the effect of vibration massage on muscle length and joint range of motion, with practical applications
2          How average people can enjoy the benefits professional sports people get
3            Research findings: undetected trigger points in your muscles can cause poor coordination and joint injury.
4          How trigger points cause long term pain syndromes
5            Sensory motor control abnormalities

Future articles and sharing

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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