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An exploratory thermographic investigation of the effects of connective tissue massage on autonomic function.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21875520     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to measure effects of connective tissue massage (CTM) on the autonomic nervous system using thermography and physiological measurements.
METHODS: A repeated-measures design was used. The setting was a university laboratory. Skin temperature at the site of massage, blood pressure, heart rate, and dorsal foot temperature were measured in 8 healthy participants before CTM, immediately after, and at 15-minute intervals for 1 hour.
RESULTS: The effect of CTM on skin temperature was statistically significant, P = .011. Post hoc pairwise comparisons revealed that the 15-, 30-, 45-, and 60-minute data all differed significantly from the pre-CTM data (all P < .05) and also from the immediately post-CTM data (all P < .05). For diastolic blood pressure, the main analysis of variance showed a statistical significance at P = .062. For other variables, there was no evidence for an effect.
CONCLUSIONS: Evidence was seen of some effects of CTM on autonomic function. This is information that will increase our knowledge of how CTM affects the autonomic nervous system.
Authors:
Liz A Holey; John Dixon; James Selfe
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-07-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1532-6586     ISO Abbreviation:  J Manipulative Physiol Ther     Publication Date:  2011 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7807107     Medline TA:  J Manipulative Physiol Ther     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  457-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 National University of Health Sciences. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Deputy Dean, School of Health and Social Care, Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK.
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