Trial four: people with shoulder pain (4)
People with shoulder pain were given nine 30 minute sessions of Thai massage over three weeks. The massage was shown to reduce pain, muscle tension and anxiety.
Trial five: adolescent wrestlers (5)
Adolescent (sports) wrestlers were given ten 25 minute sessions of “sports massage”. The trial showed that the massages significantly decreased stress and anxiety. The researchers speculated that this may improve there mental health, and thereby improve their performance.
Trial six: workers facing retrenchment (6)
Workers facing retrenchment were given six weekly “chair massages”. The massages were shown to reduce anxiety.
Trial seven: cancer patients (7)
This huge study used 1290 cancer patients. A variety of “Swedish” massages were used ranging from “light touch” to more normal massage, and from 20-60 minutes. The choice of massage was determined from an assessment of each patient. The trial found that massage gave considerable improvement in anxiety, pain, fatigue, nausea and depression.