Tuesday 6th February 2018

Regular "corporate" massage shown to decrease pain and discomfort while increasing range of motion

Summary

A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Showed that a simple corporate chair massage done twice weekly over a period of one month resulted in participants experiencing  a significant increase in cervical range of motion (ROM) and a decrease in neck and thoracic pain and discomfort.

The trial

Nineteen female volunteers aged 40-54 years who worked in management or administration were chosen. They were provided with a corporate type “Chair massage” twice a week for one month.  Cervical ROM measurements were taken, and pain and disability was measured using several Cornell Musculoskeletal Discomfort Questionnaires. 
Between the first and last measurements cervical flexion, extension and lateral flexion improved from 10-28%.  The various Cornell Musculoskeletal Questionnaire results improved from 2.7-2.8 to 2.2-1.9.

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.

Discussion

A regular session of fairly simple massage was shown to produce very worthwhile results.  This is good evidence to support therapists providing regular massage to their clients, and for employers to provide such services to their employees.   In this trial though the massages were twice weekly.  This would involve considerable time and expense if done over a long period of time.
The DrGraeme hand held massagers were designed to make such care less time consuming and expensive, hence more practical and more readily available.  With the proper professional advice patients or clients may use a DrGraeme hand held massager at home to achieve a regular quality massage for no significant ongoing cost.

Samples and practitioner orders

We happily supply sample massagers to degree qualified practitioners who deal with musculoskeletal complaints, on a one per clinic basis.  Please email us directly on graeme@drgraeme.com for samples or practitioner/wholesale supply.

Reference

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

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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