Massage Improves Mood and Well-Being in Caregivers of Patients with Dementia

In a pilot study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, researchers sought to assess the impact of different forms of therapy “in reducing the perceived burden and improving the emotional status of caregivers of people with dementia and to determine which form of physical intervention is most effective.”

For the study, 45 subjects were divided into three subgroups: the massage group, the relaxation group, and the control group. The researchers found that massage led to both a reduction in perceived burden and an improvement in mood and well-being in the caregivers. The relaxation group experienced significant improvement in mood, but no reduction in perceived burden. Massage and relaxation, however, were found to be equally effective in improving the well-being of caregivers.

The study concludes that while the results point to massage and relaxation as low-cost, effective interventions, further studies are necessary.

Read the abstract on PubMed.gov at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33302355/.

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Read the May / June 2022 Issue of Massage & Bodywork Magazine

The May/June 2022 issue of ABMP's Massage & Bodywork magazine is available at www.massageandbodyworkdigital.com. ABMP members get a print subscription as part of membership, and the digital edition is available online and free to the profession.

In this issue, we explore pelvic tilt and spinal compensation, improving bodywork through breath, and how listening to your clients is a superpower. We also discuss SI joint dysfunction, overuse injuries, and much more!⁠

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