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Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following massage therapy
Auteur(s)
FIELD Tiffany ; HERNANDEZ-REIF Maria ; DIEGO Miguel ; ...
Résumé
In this article the positive effects of massage therapy on biochemistry are reviewed including decreased levels of cortisol and increased levels of serotonin and dopamine. The research reviewed includes studies on depression (including sex abuse and eating disorder studies), pain syndrome studies, research on autoimmune conditions (including asthma and chronic fatigue), immune studies (including HIV and breast cancer). and studies on the reduction of stress on the job, the stress of aging, and pregnancy stress. In studies in which cortisol was assayed either in saliva or in urine, significant decreases were noted in cortisol levels (averaging decreases 31%). In studies in which the activating neurotrans-mitters (serotonin and dopamine) were assayed in urine, an average increase of 28% was noted for serotonin and an average increase of 31% was noted for dopamine. These studies combined suggest the stress-alleviating effects (decreased cortisol) and the activating effects (increased serotonin and dopamine) of massage therapy on a variety of medical conditions and stressful experiences.
Editeur
Taylor & Francis
Identifiant
PMID : 16162447 ISSN : 0020-7454 CODEN : IJNUB7
Source
International journal of neuroscience A. 2005, vol. 115, n° 10, pp. 1397-1413 [17 pages] [bibl. : 2 p.1/4]
Langue
Anglais
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