EFFECTS OF MASSAGE ON RANGE OF MOTION AND FLEXIBILITY AMONG OLDER ADULTS

FUNDING SOURCE: American Massage Therapy Association Foundation, 2000-2001

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Patricia A. Sharpe, PhD, MPH

CO-INVESTIGATOR: Harriet Williams, PhD

This research examined the effects of massage on anxiety, depression, quality of life, sleep, perceived stress, range of motion, flexibility, and balance among older adults, ages 60 and older.  The massage intervention combined techniques from classic Swedish massage, Neuromuscular therapy, and myofascial techniques.

The attention-control group received a guided relaxation session.  Subjects were randomly assigned to a treatment group that received four weeks of twice- weekly massage sessions (n = 25) or a control group that received guided relaxation (n = 24).  Data were collected before and after the four-week study period.

PUBLICATIONS:
Sharpe, P., Williams, H., Granner, M., & Hobart, M. (2002). Methods for improving the range of motion of older adults. Massage Therapy Journal, 41(3), 86-97.

Sharpe, P., Williams, H., Granner, M., & Hussey, J. R. (2007). A randomised study of the effects of massage therapy compared to guided relaxation on well-being and stress among older adults. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 15, 157-163.