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133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Jolie Haun, MS, EdS, LMT, Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida, 4100 SW 20th Ave. Apt G-25, Gainesville, FL 32607, 904-377-6796, firstname.lastname@example.org, John Graham-Pole, MD, College of Medicine, University of Florida, PO Box 100296, Gainesville, FL 32610, and Brendan Shortley, BA, BS, Neurobiological Sciences and Psychology, University of Florida, 3324 W. University Ave. #125, Gainesville, FL 32607.
Background: Previous studies have reported positive effects of massage therapy on premature infants; children with asthma; adults with arthritis; individuals with pain; and with other illnesses. Method: This research measured physical and mental effects of massage therapy on 30 pediatric patients with cancer and/or blood disease. The hypothesis of this study suggests possible beneficial effects from massage therapy, which may help relieve some symptoms associated with cancer and/or blood disease. Results: Analysis of this study's data suggest the treatment group benefited significantly more both psychologically and physiologically than the control group which did not receive massage treatment. Data analysis suggests a reduction of both psychological stress and anxiety, and physiological measures such as muscle tension and respiration within the treatment group. Conclusions: The interpretation of the results implies significant physical and mental benefit from the effects of massage for pediatric patients with cancer and blood diseases.
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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.
The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA