Research: HIRAKAWA and co-workers,

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HIRAKAWA and co-workers, Department of Geriatrics, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Aichi, Japan,, have evaluated massage therapy in the rehabilitation of bed-ridden elderly patients.


The aim of this pilot study was to assess the effects of home massage therapy for bed-ridden elderly patients.


44 bed-ridden patients of more than 65 years were randomly allocated to receive either 30-minute sessions of massage for 2 or 3 days per week for 3 months (22 patients), or standard care (18 patients). A range of emotional parameters was assessed pre- and post-intervention.


At baseline, both groups rated comparably on the [parameters measured. There were no statistically significant differences between the changes over time between the groups in Barthel Index, Subjective Satisfaction and Refreshment Scale, Apathy Scale and Self-rating Depression Score.


Home massage did not result in any improvements in the bed-ridden elderly in this trial, either mentally or emotionally.


Hirakawa Y, Masuda Y, Kimata T, Uemura K, Kuzuya M, Iguchi A. Effects of home massage rehabilitation therapy for the bed-ridden elderly: a pilot trial with a three-month follow-up. Clinical Rehabilitation 19 (1): 20-27, Jan 2005.

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