Table of Contents Author Guidelines Submit a Manuscript
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 165-179
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nel109
Review

Effectiveness of Massage Therapy for Chronic, Non-Malignant Pain: A Review

Pediatric Pain Program, Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 10940 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1450, Los Angeles, California 90024, USA

Received 21 July 2006; Accepted 4 December 2006

Copyright © 2007 Jennie C. I. Tsao. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Citations to this Article [65 citations]

The following is the list of published articles that have cited the current article.

  • Shay Beider, Nicole E. Mahrer, and Jeffrey I. Gold, “Pediatric Massage Therapy: An Overview for Clinicians,” Pediatric Clinics of North America, vol. 54, no. 6, pp. 1025–1041, 2007. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Mei Zhao, D. Rob Haley, JoAnn M. Nolin, Kerry Dunning, Jian Wang, and Qiangsan Sun, “Serving billions: A pilot study on clinician-perceived efficacy of rehabilitative services in China,” Health Care Manager, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 252–258, 2008. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Jane Hart, “Complementary Therapies for Chronic Pain Management,” Alternative and Complementary Therapies, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 64–68, 2008. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Sala Horowitz, “The Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia,” Alternative and Complementary Therapies, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 13–18, 2008. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Philip A. Bain, Dawn Marcus, Dawn A Marcus, and Philip A. Bain, “Non-Pharmacological Headache Treatments,” Effective Migraine Treatment in Pregnant and Lactating Women: A Practical Guide, pp. 47–70, 2008. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Cynthia D. Myers, Tracy Walton, Lindsay Bratsman, Jennifer Wilson, and Brent Small, “Massage modalities and symptoms reported by cancer patients: Narrative review,” Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 19–28, 2008. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Michael H. Levy, Marcin Chwistek, and Rohtesh S. Mehta, “Management of Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors,” The Cancer Journal, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 401–409, 2008. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Jennie C. I. Tsao, Subhadra Evans, Marcia Meldrum, Tamara Altman, and Lonnie K. Zeltzer, “A Review of CAM for Procedural Pain in Infancy: Part II. Other Interventions,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 399–407, 2008. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Kohichi Takamoto, Shigekazu Sakai, Etsuro Hori, Susumu Urakawa, Katsumi Umeno, Taketoshi Ono, and Hisao Nishijo, “Compression on trigger points in the leg muscle increases parasympathetic nervous activity based on heart rate variability,” The Journal of Physiological Sciences, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 191–197, 2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Chris Back, Helen Tam, Elaine Lee, and Bodhi Haraldsson, “The Effects of Employer-Provided Massage Therapy on Job Satisfaction, Workplace Stress, and Pain and Discomfort,” Holistic Nursing Practice, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 19–31, 2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Whitney Lowe, and Leon Chaitow, “Lumbar and thoracic spine,” Orthopedic Massage, pp. 175–198, 2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Whitney Lowe2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • May Loo, “Chronic Pain,” Integrative Medicine for Children, pp. 238–244, 2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • May Loo, “Headache,” Integrative Medicine for Children, pp. 348–362, 2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • May Loo2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Dawn A Marcus, and Philip A. Bainpp. 1–207, 2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Catherine M. Stoney, Dawn Wallerstedt, Jamie M. Stagl, and Patrick Manskypp. 381–408, 2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Jone Geimer-Flanders, “Creating a healing environment: Rationale and research overview,” Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, vol. 76, no. 2, pp. S66–S69, 2009. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • M. Rookmoneea, L. Dennis, S. Brealey, A. Rangan, B. White, C. McDaid, and M. Harden, “The effectiveness of interventions in the management of patients with primary frozen shoulder,” Journal Of Bone And Joint Surgery-British Volume, vol. 92B, no. 9, pp. 1267–1272, 2010. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Atul Deodhar, Dawn A. Marcus, Dawn A. Marcus, and Atul Deodhar, “Non-medication Treatments,” Fibromyalgia, pp. 159–174, 2010. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Grant J. Rich, “Massage Therapy: Significance and Relevance to Professional Practice,” Professional Psychology-Research and Practice, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 325–332, 2010. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • JoEllen M. Sefton, Ceren Yarar, Jack W. Berry, and David D. Pascoe, “Therapeutic Massage of the Neck and Shoulders Produces Changes in Peripheral Blood Flow When Assessed with Dynamic Infrared Thermography,” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. 723–732, 2010. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Ming-quan Mai, Shao-ling Wu, Chao Ma, and Li-shan Chen, “Manipulation and physical therapy for patients with chronic mechanical neck pain: Comparisons of immediate and short-term effects in pain and joint motion,” Journal of Clinical Rehabilitative Tissue Engineering Research, vol. 14, no. 46, pp. 8691–8694, 2010. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Laura Bazzichi, Marco Dini, Alessandra Rossi, Silvia Corbianco, Elisa Giovannoni, Arianna Consensi, Camillo Giacomelli, Francesca De Feo, Francesca Sernissi, Bruno Rossi, and Stefano Bombardieri, “A combination therapy of massage and stretching increases parasympathetic nervous activity and improves joint mobility in patients affected by fibromyalgia,” Health, vol. 02, no. 08, pp. 919–926, 2010. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, Deborah A. Hall, Maureen A. Leehey, and Randi J. Hagermanpp. 137–154, 2010. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Victoria Marchese, Kripa Dholakia, and Lori Brake, “Physical Therapy,” Handbook of Pediatric Chronic Pain, pp. 273–291, 2011. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Gd Baxter, and Nm Albert, “Massage therapy after heart surgery: possibly pleasant, but not effective,” Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 76–77, 2011. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • JoEllen M. Sefton, Ceren Yarar, David M. Carpenter, and Jack W. Berry, “Physiological and clinical changes after therapeutic massage of the neck and shoulders,” Manual Therapy, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 487–494, 2011. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Dawn A. Marcus, and Atul Deodharpp. 1–267, 2011. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Edyta Szczuka, and Katarzyna Gruszecka-Marczynśka, “Non-pharmacological treatment of fibromyalgia,” Fizjoterapia, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 47–58, 2011. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Gülseren Akyüz, and Özlem Özkök, “Evidence based rehabilitation in chronic pain syndromes,” Agri, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 97–103, 2012. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Dejan Ilić, Aleksandar Djurović, Zorica Brdareski, Aleksandra Vukomanović, Vesna Pejović, and Mirko Grajić, “The position of Chinese massage (Tuina) in clinical medicine,” Vojnosanitetski Pregled, vol. 69, no. 11, pp. 999–1004, 2012. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Kang-Ming Chang, Shu-Yi Luo, Sih-Huei Chen, Tuan-Ping Wang, and Congo Tak-Shing Ching, “Body Massage Performance Investigation by Brain Activity Analysis,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2012, pp. 1–10, 2012. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Hyun Suk Cheong, Bo Young Hong, Yeong-A Ko, Seong Hoon Lim, and Joon Sung Kim, “Spinal Cord Injury Incurred by Neck Massage,” Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine, vol. 36, no. 5, pp. 708, 2012. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Marta Topolska, Sebastian Chrzan, Rafał Sapuła, Mieczysław Kowerski, Marta Soboń, and Krzysztof Marczewski, “Evaluation of the effectiveness of therapeutic massage in patients with neck pain,” Ortopedia Traumatologia Rehabilitacja, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 115–123, 2012. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Giovanni Ottoboni, “Grounding clinical and cognitive scientists in an interdisciplinary discussion,” Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 4, 2013. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Marcelo Saad, and Roberta Medeiros, “Complementary Therapies for Fibromyalgia Syndrome – A Rational Approach,” Current Pain and Headache Reports, vol. 17, no. 8, 2013. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Ling Jun Kong, Hong Sheng Zhan, Ying Wu Cheng, Wei An Yuan, Bo Chen, and Min Fang, “Massage Therapy for Neck and Shoulder Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2013, pp. 1–10, 2013. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Julie Bonapace, Nils Chaillet, Isabelle Gaumond, Émilie Paul-Savoie, and Serge Marchand, “Evaluation of the Bonapace Method: A specifc educational intervention to reduce pain during childbirth,” Journal of Pain Research, vol. 6, pp. 653–661, 2013. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Enas F. Youssef, and Al-Sayed A. Shanb, “Mobilization versus massage therapy in the treatment of cervicogenic headache: A clinical study,” Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 17–24, 2013. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Guido Rolle, Lucio Tremolizzo, Francesco Somalvico, Carlo Ferrarese, and Livio C. Bressan, “Pilot trial of osteopathic manipulative therapy for patients with frequent episodic tension-type headache,” Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, vol. 114, no. 9, pp. 678–685, 2014. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Erika Rae Larson, “Massage therapy effects in a long term prosthetic user with fibular hemimelia,” Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2014. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Kathleen Cino, “Aromatherapy Hand Massage for Older Adults With Chronic Pain Living in Long-Term Care,” Journal of Holistic Nursing, vol. 32, no. 4, pp. 304–313, 2014. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Jung-Myo Shim, and Sung-Joong Kim, “Effects of Manual Lymph Drainage of the Neck on EEG in Subjects with Psychological Stress,” Journal of Physical Therapy Science, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 127–129, 2014. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Fahimeh Kamali, Fatemeh Panahi, Samaneh Ebrahimi, and Leila Abbasi, “Comparison between massage and routine physical therapy in women with sub acute and chronic nonspecific low back pain,” Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 475–480, 2014. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Weyland Cheng, Peter K. Law, Hon C. Kwan, and Richard S. S. Cheng, “Stimulation Therapies and the Relevance of Fractal Dynamics to the Treatment of Diseases,” Open Journal of Regenerative Medicine, vol. 03, no. 04, pp. 73–94, 2014. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Laura Clara Grandi, and Hiroaki Ishida, “The Physiological Effect of Human Grooming on the Heart Rate and the Heart Rate Variability of Laboratory Non-Human Primates: A Pilot Study in Male Rhesus Monkeys,” Frontiers in Veterinary Science, vol. 2, 2015. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Aidatul Azura Abdul Rani, Rimah Melati Ab Ghani, Shamsaini Shamsuddin, Zalilah Abdullah, Nur Hidayati Abdul Halim, Normi Mustapha, and Nor Asiah MuhamadCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Keattichai Keeratitanont, Mark P. Jensen, Uraiwan Chatchawan, and Paradee Auvichayapat, “The Efficacy of Traditional Thai Massage for the Treatment of Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review,” Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 2015. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Chih-Ya Chang, Yung-Tsan Wu, Liang-Cheng Chen, Rai-Chi Chan, Shin-Tsu Chang, and Shang-Lin Chiang, “Massage-Induced Brachial Plexus Injury,” Physical Therapy, vol. 95, no. 1, pp. 109–116, 2015. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Laura C. Grandi, “From Sweeping to the Caress: Similarities and Discrepancies between Human and Non-Human Primates’ Pleasant Touch,” Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 7, 2016. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • G J Macfarlane, C Kronisch, L E Dean, F Atzeni, W Häuser, E Fluß, E Choy, E Kosek, K Amris, J Branco, F Dincer, P Leino-Arjas, K Longley, G M McCarthy, S Makri, S Perrot, P Sarzi-Puttini, A Taylor, and G T Jones, “EULAR revised recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia,” Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, vol. 76, no. 2, pp. 318–328, 2016. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Giovanni Ottoboni, Marco Iacono, and Rabih Chattat, “Body-oriented techniques, affect and body consciousness,” Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy, pp. 1–16, 2016. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Helen W. Karl, Heather Tick, and Kris A. Sasaki, “Non-pharmacologic Treatment of Peripheral Nerve Entrapment,” Peripheral Nerve Entrapments, pp. 27–34, 2016. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Laura Clara Grandi, and Marzio Gerbella, “Single Neurons in the Insular Cortex of a Macaque Monkey Respond to Skin Brushing: Preliminary Data of the Possible Representation of Pleasant Touch,” Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, vol. 10, 2016. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Paula Gardiner, Anna Sophia Lestoquoy, Katherine Gergen-Barnett, Brian Penti, Laura F. White, Robert Saper, Lisa Fredman, Sarah Stillman, N. Lily Negash, Pamela Adelstein, Ivy Brackup, Christine Farrell-Riley, Karim Kabbara, Lance Laird, Suzanne Mitchell, and Jane M. Liebschutz, “Design of the integrative medical group visits randomized control trial for underserved patients with chronic pain and depression,” Contemporary Clinical Trials, 2016. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Deborah A. Hall, Maureen A. Leehey, Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, and Randi J. Hagerman, “Treatment and Management of FXTAS,” FXTAS, FXPOI, and Other Premutation Disorders, pp. 181–197, 2016. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Fatimah Habib, “Ilioinguinal and Genitofemoral Neuralgia,” Urogenital Pain, pp. 25–41, 2017. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Megan L. Ranney, Emily J. Patry, Michelle McKenzie, Janette Baird, Traci C. Green, and Elizabeth Donovan, “Beliefs About a Complementary and Alternative Therapy–Based Chronic Pain Management Program for a Medicaid Population,” Pain Medicine, 2017. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Nancy Y. Yang, Ruth Q. Wolever, Rhonda Roberts, Adam Perlman, Rowena J. Dolor, Donald I. Abrams, Geoffrey S. Ginsburg, and Leigh Ann Simmons, “Integrative health care services utilization as a function of body mass index: A BraveNet practice-based research network study,” Advances in Integrative Medicine, 2017. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Anna Sophia Lestoquoy, Lance D. Laird, Suzanne Mitchell, Katherine Gergen-Barnett, N. Lily Negash, Kelly McCue, Racquel Enad, and Paula Gardiner, “Living with chronic pain: Evaluating patient experiences with a medical group visit focused on mindfulness and non-pharmacological strategies,” Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 35, pp. 33–38, 2017. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Michael Eggart, Christina Thormählen, Bruno Müller-Oerlinghausen, and Gabriele Mariell Kiebgis, “Psychophysical Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Massage: Results of a Naturalistic Study,” Physikalische Medizin Rehabilitationsmedizin Kurortmedizin, 2018. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Serap Özgül, Esra Üzelpasaci, Ceren Orhan, Emine Baran, M. Sinan Beksaç, and Türkan Akbayrak, “Short-term effects of connective tissue manipulation in women with primary dysmenorrhea: A randomized controlled trial,” Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, vol. 33, pp. 1–6, 2018. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Jolie N Haun, Lisa M Ballistrea, Christine Melillo, Maisha Standifer, Kevin Kip, Jacquelyn Paykel, Jennifer L Murphy, Carol E Fletcher, Allison Mitchinson, Leila Kozak, Stephanie L Taylor, Shirley M Glynn, and Matthew Bair, “A Mobile and Web-Based Self-Directed Complementary and Integrative Health Program for Veterans and Their Partners (Mission Reconnect): Protocol for a Mixed-Methods Randomized Controlled Trial,” JMIR Research Protocols, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. e13666, 2019. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar
  • Hironori Negishi, Seiko Sakon, and Masao Kondo, “The Reciprocal Effect on the Subject and Therapist by the Abdominal Therapeutic Touch,” Japanese Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 39–47, 2019. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar