Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
October 19, 2017, 06:28:56 PM

Login with username, password and session length

  • Total Members: 31660
  • Latest: Boo
  • Total Posts: 720950
  • Total Topics: 58475
  • Online Today: 337
  • Online Ever: 1421
  • (August 13, 2016, 05:18:44 AM)
Users Online
Users: 4
Guests: 293
Total: 297


Welcome to the POZ Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Author Topic: Can Massage Therapy help  (Read 2478 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline mark86

  • Member
  • Posts: 33
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


Terms of Membership for these forums

© 2017 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.