Preterm infant weight gain is increased by massage therapy and exercise via different underlying mechanisms

@article{Diego2014PretermIW,
  title={Preterm infant weight gain is increased by massage therapy and exercise via different underlying mechanisms},
  author={Miguel A Diego and Tiffany M. Field and Maria Hernandez-Reif},
  journal={Early human development},
  year={2014},
  volume={90 3},
  pages={
          137-40
        }
}
OBJECTIVE To compare the effects of massage therapy (moderate pressure stroking) and exercise (flexion and extension of limbs) on preterm infants' weight gain and to explore potential underlying mechanisms for those effects. METHODS Weight gain and parasympathetic nervous system activity were assessed in 30 preterm infants randomly assigned to a massage therapy group or to an exercise group. Infants received 10min of moderate pressure massage or passive flexion and extension of the limbs 3… CONTINUE READING
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