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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
5024.1: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 - 9:10 AM

Abstract #106966

Physiological and psychological effects of massage therapy on children with cancer and blood diseases

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, joliehaun@bellsouth.net, 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.

Learning Objectives: Learning Objectives

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.

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Alternative and Complementary Health Practice in Cancer Treatment

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA