Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy.

@article{Field1999PregnantWB,
  title={Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy.},
  author={Tiffany Martini Field and Maria Hernandez-Reif and Stephen D. Hart and Hillary Theakston and Saul M. Schanberg and Cynthia M. Kuhn},
  journal={Journal of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology},
  year={1999},
  volume={20 1},
  pages={
          31-8
        }
}
Twenty-six pregnant women were assigned to a massage therapy or a relaxation therapy group for 5 weeks. The therapies consisted of 20-min sessions twice a week. Both groups reported feeling less anxious after the first session and less leg pain after the first and last session. Only the massage therapy group, however, reported reduced anxiety, improved mood, better sleep and less back pain by the last day of the study. In addition, urinary stress hormone levels (norepinephrine) decreased for… CONTINUE READING

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