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The Impact of Giving a Massage

This study has been completed.
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Parker Research Institute Identifier:
First received: April 26, 2010
Last updated: February 28, 2011
Last verified: June 2010

The aim of this study is to investigate if giving a massage impacts the mental state of a massage therapist, including depression, anxiety, and stress . It is speculated that feelings of depression, anxiety and stress will reduce following the giving of a massage.

Condition Intervention Phase
Mental State - as Evidenced by Reported Depressions, Anxiety and / or Stress.
Behavioral: Give a massage
Phase 0

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Official Title: The Impact of Giving a Massage on Perceived Depression, Anxiety and Stress of Massage Therapists: A Randomized Clinical Trial

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Further study details as provided by Parker Research Institute:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Perceived, self-reported stress, anxiety and depression [ Time Frame: Immediately before the 50-minute masage ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    The primary assessment measure will be perceived, self-reported stress, anxiety and depression as measured by the Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scales (DASS). The DASS is a set of three scales measuring the states of depression, anxiety and stress. Each of the 21 items is scored from "0" (Did not apply to me at all) to "3" (Applied to me very much or most of the time). A subscore is achieved for each of the three subcategories. Subscores can range from 0 to 28+. The DASS was found to have adequate convergent and discriminant validity and good reliability, including test-retest reliability.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Perceived, self-reported state and trait anxiety [ Time Frame: Immediately before the 50-minute massage ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Secondary outcome measure will be perceived, self-reported state and trait anxiety as measured by the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory-II (STAI). The STAI is a self-report measure that assesses both state anxiety and trait anxiety. The 40 items are measured on a 4-point Likert scale (1=Almost Never to 4=Almost Always). Scores are obtained for each subscale with the higher scores indicating higher anxiety. The STAI has been shown to be valuable in both research and clinical settings, and has been found to have high internal consistency,19 and excellent test-retest reliability.

Estimated Enrollment: 20
Study Start Date: June 2010
Study Completion Date: September 2010
Primary Completion Date: September 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Massage Giver
Participants in the experimental group will be asked to give one 50-minute Swedish massage to another volunteer.
Behavioral: Give a massage
Participants in this arm will give a 50-minute Swedish massage to a volunteer.
No Intervention: Passive Controls
Participants in this arm will wait in a classroom (as usual) and do nothing out of their ordinary routines.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy adults who are currently massage therapists, massage student or recent massage school graduates,
  • Aged 18 to 65 years,
  • Fluent in English

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Current bruising,
  • Fracture,
  • Inflammatory arthritides,
  • Peripheral neuropathy,
  • Pregnancy
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01169480

United States, Texas
Parker College School of Massage
Dallas, Texas, United States, 75229
Sponsors and Collaborators
Parker Research Institute
Study Director: M Jensen, DC, MS, MSc Parker Research Institute
Principal Investigator: Lavada A Smith, PhD Parker College School of Massage
Study Chair: Drew Riffe, DC Parker College School of Massage
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Responsible Party: Dr. Anne M. Jensen, Parker Research Institute, Parker College of Chiropractic Identifier: NCT01169480     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Massage Study - I
Study First Received: April 26, 2010
Last Updated: February 28, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Parker Research Institute:
Therapist, Massage
Anxiety, State
Anxiety, Trait
Therapeutic Relationship

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Anxiety Disorders
Depressive Disorder
Behavioral Symptoms
Mental Disorders
Mood Disorders processed this record on November 20, 2014