Bulimic adolescents benefit from massage therapy.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

Twenty-four female adolescent bulimic inpatients were randomly assigned to a massage therapy or a standard treatment (control) group. Results indicated that the massaged patients showed immediate reductions (both self-report and behavior observation) in anxiety and depression. In addition, by the last day of the therapy, they had lower depression scores, lower cortisol (stress) levels, higher dopamine levels, and showed improvement on several other psychological and behavioral measures. These findings suggest that massage therapy is effective as an adjunct treatment for bulimia.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Field, T; Schanberg, S; Kuhn, C; Fierro, K; Henteleff, T; Mueller, C; Yando, R; Shaw, S; Burman, I

Published Date

  • January 1, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 131

Start / End Page

  • 555 - 563

PubMed ID

  • 9831872

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0001-8449


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States