Massage Therapy May Heal What's Ailing You--and Your Preemie
As a direct result of Field and colleagues' research, 38% of neonatal intensive care units across the U.S. give massage therapy to preemies. On average, the preemies receiving massage therapy are gaining 49% more weight than preemies not receiving this therapy, and are discharged an average of 6 days earlier from the hospital, with an average hospital cost savings of $10,000 per infant (as of 1996).
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Field, T. M. (1998). Massage therapy effects. American Psychologist, 53 (12), 1270-1281.
Field, T., Henteleff, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Martinez, E., Mavunda, K., Kuhn, C,, & Schanberg, S. (1998). Children with asthma have improved pulmonary functions after massage therapy. Journal of Pediatrics, 132, 854-858.
Field, T., Peck, M., Krugman, S., Tuchel, T., Schanberg, S., Kuhn, C., & Burman, I. (1998). Burn injuries benefit from massage therapy. Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, 19, 242-244.
Field, T., Schanberg, S., Kuhn, C., Field, T., Fierro, K., Henteleff, T., Mueller, C., Yando, R., Shaw, S., & Burman, I. (1998). Bulimic adolescents benefit from massage therapy. Adolescence, 33, 555-563.
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American Psychological Association, July 9, 2003