Supa’at et al recently published a randomized controlled trial of Swedish Massage Therapy with 16 women with blood pressure between 120-159/90-99 mmHg who had not previously experienced Swedish Massage Therapy.  Eight women received Swedish Massage “an hour weekly for four weeks,” while the control group of eight women rested for the same length of time in the same “ward.”  Those who received massage therapy demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in blood pressure and heart rate.  Inflammatory markers vascular endothelial adhesion molecules 1 (VCAM-1) and intracellular adhesion molecules 1 (ICAM-1) were also measured, with significant differences in the reduction of vascular, but not intracellular adhesion molecules.

SBP changes for each session for massage group and control group.

SBP changes for each session for massage group and control group. *P < 0.05 (acute changes within groups) and [increment]P < 0.05 (chronic changes within groups). ++P < 0.05 (baseline versus after session 4).

Supa’at I, Zakaria Z, et al. “Effects of Swedish Massage Therapy on Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Inflammatory Markers in Hypertensive Women.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 (2013). doi:  10.1155/2013/171852

 

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