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The efficacy of massage therapy for people with schizophrenia


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Urie, Rebecca 2012 , 'The efficacy of massage therapy for people with schizophrenia', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This literature review examines evidence regarding the likely efficacy of
massage therapy for people with schizophrenia and is placed in context by reviewing the
past and current uses of touch based therapies in health care. To date, only one study has
examined the efficacy of massage therapy for schizophrenia. Andres, Bellwald and
Brenner (1993) found that an intervention combining massage therapy with movement
and breathing exercises significantly reduced physiological arousal and significantly
improved subjective ratings of well being for people with schizophrenia. Evidence
reviewed from diverse bodies of research suggests that by improving body awareness,
reducing anxiety and depression, providing temporary relief from movement disorders
caused by antipsychotic medication, and providing touch massage therapy may improve
quality of life and possibly reduce the symptoms of schizophrenia. While there is some
evidence that, as people with schizophrenia may be less familiar with touch and less
sensitive to tactile stimulation, massage therapy may be less effective than in other
populations which have been studied, in general the evidence reviewed supports its use.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Urie, Rebecca
Keywords: Schizophrenia, Schizophrenia, Schizophrenia, Massage therapy.
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MPsych(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2012. Includes bibliographical references

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