Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: benefits from massage therapy.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

Studied children with mild to moderate juvenile rheumatoid arthritis who were massaged by their parents 15 minutes a day for 30 days (and a control group engaged in relaxation therapy). The children's anxiety and stress hormone (cortisol) levels were immediately decreased by the massage, and over the 30-day period their pain decreased on self-reports, parent reports, and their physician's assessment of pain (both the incidence and severity) and pain-limiting activities.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Field, T; Hernandez-Reif, M; Seligman, S; Krasnegor, J; Sunshine, W; Rivas-Chacon, R; Schanberg, S; Kuhn, C

Published Date

  • October 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 607 - 617

PubMed ID

  • 9383925

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0146-8693

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/jpepsy/22.5.607


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States