What does research say about the effects of massage therapy on anxiety, comfort, and physiologic responses in patients with congestive heart failure?
Nearly 5 million Americans are currently living with congestive heart failure.
Feelings of physical discomfort and anxiety are often symptoms felt by patients suffering from congestive heart failure.
A study following 64 participants found that after massage therapy:
Systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rates significantly decreased.
Oxygen saturation levels showed significant increases.
Male participants revealed a more significant reduction in anxiety than the female participants.
Those with more severe heart failure and greater levels of anxiety demonstrated significantly greater responses.
Healthcare continues evolving to less-invasive, natural, and drug-free methods, recognizing the value of massage therapy as an aspect of wellness.
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