Massage therapy for the treatment of depression: a systematic review

@article{Coelho2008MassageTF,
  title={Massage therapy for the treatment of depression: a systematic review},
  author={Helen F Coelho and Kate Boddy and Edzard Ernst},
  journal={International Journal of Clinical Practice},
  year={2008},
  volume={62}
}
BACKGROUND People with depressive disorders or subsyndromal symptoms of depression (SSD) often use complementary and alternative therapies, including massage therapy (MT. [] Key MethodMETHODS Eligible RCTs were identified via eight electronic databases and manual searches of references. Two reviewers independently selected trials, assessed trial quality and extracted data. RESULTS Four RCTs met our inclusion criteria.
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