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Author Topic: Can Massage Therapy help  (Read 1519 times)

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Offline mark86

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Can Massage Therapy help
« on: July 26, 2007, 12:49:38 PM »
Hi all,
Found this by accident..

 
 

Massage therapy intervention to enhance well-being in HIV+ Dominican children: preliminary results.

Shor-Posner G, Hernandez-Reif M, Baez J, Solange S, Miguez MJ, Perez-Then E, Fletcher MA, Diaz R, Zhang G.

Int Conf AIDS. 2004 Jul 11-16; 15: abstract no. B12416.
University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, United States

Background: Antiretroviral therapies are not widely available for HIV+ children in the Dominican Republic. The present study evaluated the efficacy of massage therapy, which has been demonstrated to increase immune capacity in HIV+ adults, to preserve immune function in HIV+ Dominican children. Methods: Following IRB approval, FWA and OHRP certification, the intervention study was initiated in June 2003, with HIV+ children, aged 3-7 years, randomized to receive either: massage therapy or a control/friendly visit, for 20 minutes, 2x/week for 12 weeks. Both groups were receiving standard care treatment in the same hospital. At baseline and following the 12-week intervention, blood was drawn to determine immune measures. Statistical evaluations included comparisons between means and proportions using one-sided student's t and Fisher's exact tests, with alpha level at 0.05. Results: Interim analyses indicate that at baseline, children randomized to the friendly visit (n=14) and massage (n=10) arms had similar mean CD4 cell counts (885+/-534 vs. 802+/-423). Following the intervention, children in the control group were 12 times more likely to lose >150 T lymphocyte cells relative to the massage group (p<0.02). Significantly more of the control group (57%), which had a higher mean CD8 cell count at baseline (p=0.02), exhibited a loss of >50 CD8 cells, compared to 10% in the massage group (p=0.03). A five percent decline in B cells was also observed in 43% of the controls, compared to 20% of the massage group. Univariate analyses demonstrated that the controls were more likely to exhibit >20% decline in CD4 count over the 3 month period (p=0.03). Conclusions: These compelling findings, although based on a small sample size, suggest that massage therapy influences the ability to preserve CD4, CD8, and CD3 cell counts and, thus, the potential to slow disease progression in non-antiretroviral treated HIV+ children living in a resource-poor environment. Support: NIH/NCCAM 1R21AT01160 and Fogarty D43TW00017 (GSP).

 
I wonder if Massage Therapy can help HIV+ adults on ARVs and if so, what kind /how much Massage Therapy?

Any thoughts?

Mark 86
 

 


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