Women's health

Effect of Massage Therapy on Duration of Labour: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Bolbol-Haghighi, N. (2016). Effect of Massage Therapy on Duration of Labour: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, 10(4)Access full text online at: http://jcdr.net/article_fulltext.asp?issn=0973-709x&year=2016&volume=10&....

Treatments for pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain: a systematic review of physiotherapy modalities

Gutke, A., Betten, C., Degerskär, K., Pousette, S., & Fagevik Olsén, M. (2015). Treatments for pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain: a systematic review of physiotherapy modalities. Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 94(11), 1156–1167.

Massage interventions and treatment-related side effects of breast cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Pan, Y. Q., Yang, K. H., Wang, Y. L., Zhang, L. P., & Liang, H. Q. (2014). Massage interventions and treatment-related side effects of breast cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Clinical Oncology, 19(5), 829–841.

Back massage intervention for relieving lower back pain in puerperal women: A randomized control trial study

Lee, H.-J., & Ko, Y.-L. (2015). Back massage intervention for relieving lower back pain in puerperal women: A randomized control trial study. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 21(S2), 32–37.

Combined manual therapy techniques for the treatment of women with infertility: A case series

Kramp, M. E. (2012). Combined manual therapy techniques for the treatment of women with infertility: A case series. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 112(10), 680–4.

This case study discusses treatment of 10 infertile women with 1 to 6 sessions of manual therapy applied to the pelvic region. Manual methods were used to manage scar tissues, fascial restriction, and congested lymphatics. Six of the 10 women conceived with 3 months of the last treatment session, and all 6 of those women delivered at full term (a fertility rate similar to fertile couples).

Effect of aromatherapy massage on menopausal symptoms: A randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial

Darsareh, F., Taavoni, S., Joolaee, S., & Haghani, H. (2012). Effect of aromatherapy massage on menopausal symptoms: A randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial. Menopause, 19(9).

This study evaluates the effect of aromatherapy massage on menopausal symptoms. 90 women were randomly assigned to receive aromatherapy massage, massage without aromatherapy, or no treatment (control group). Treatment groups received intervention for 30-minutes twice a week for four weeks. Findings indicate that both massage treatment groups were effective in reducing menopausal symptoms.

Massage therapy and labor outcomes: A randomized controlled trial

Janssen, P., Shroff, P., & Jaspar, R. (2012). Massage therapy and labor outcomes: A randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice, 5(4), 15–20.

This randomized controlled trial compares the use of swedish massage during labor (for up to five hours) vs standard care. 77 pregnant women participated in the study. Use of massage therapy was associated with lower perceptions of pain and delayed use of epidural analgesia.

Non-pharmacological interventions for sleep quality and insomnia during pregnancy: A systematic review

Hollenbach, D., Broker, R., Herlehy, S., & Stuber, K. (2013). Non-pharmacological interventions for sleep quality and insomnia during pregnancy: A systematic review. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 57(3), 260–270.

A randomized controlled trial comparing a multimodal intervention and standard obstetrics care for low back and pelvic pain in pregnancy

George, J. W., Skaggs, C. D., Thompson, P. A., Nelson, D. M., Gavard, J. A., & Gross, G. A. (2012). A randomized controlled trial comparing a multimodal intervention and standard obstetrics care for low back and pelvic pain in pregnancy. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 208(4).

Assessment of techniques of massage and pumping in the treatment of breast engorgement by thermography

dos Santos Heberle, A., de Moura, M. A. M., de Souz, M. A., & Nohama, P. (2014). Assessment of techniques of massage and pumping in the treatment of breast engorgement by thermography. Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem, 22(2).

This study evaluates the effect of massage and pumping (electromechanical vs manual) on postpartum breast engorgement using thermography. 16 lactating women with breast engorgement participated. The study found that massage and electromechanical pumping were superior to manual pumping using thermography.

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