Studies show that office workers who are massaged regularly are more alert, perform better, and are less stressed than those who are not massaged


Did you know....


  • Stress accounts for $26 billion in medical and disability payments and $95 billion in lost productivity per year
  • Over 50% of lost work days are stress related, which keeps about 1 million people per day from attending work
  • 40% of job turnover is due to stress
  • 80% of industrial accidents are due to stress


Research Shows...

  • Massage at work has been shown to significantly relieve stress as well as helping to prevent work related disorders, such as repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Research indicates that a 15-minute office chair massage results in increased alertness and increased speed and accuracy on math computations
  • Massage therapy has been shown to strengthen the immune system, according to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience, 1996

Benefits of Chair Massage

  • Improve Productivity
  • Improve Morale
  • Improve Retention
  • Reduce Stress
  • Become Employer of Choice
  • Enhance Employee Rewards Programs
  • Prevent and Manage Repetitive Stress Injuries

Massage gets results

The Touch Research Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, has shown that office massage therapy:
  • lowered job stress scores
  • heightened alertness; raised speed and accuracy at math calculations
  • lowered migraine headache pain, distress, and sleep disturbances
  • decreased depression, anxiety, stress, pain and insomnia in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients
  • increased immune function in women diagnosed with breast cancer

In a two month study of low back pain at University of Guelph, Ontario, 63% of subjects reported no pain after six massage therapy treatments.




Sources:
1. Field, Ironson, Pickens et al. (1996). International Journal of Neuroscience 86, 197-205 2.Occupational Health and Safety news and the National Council on compensation Insurance (U.S.A.) 3..Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 4. American Institute of Stress

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Related Studies


Massage Confirmed an Effective Treatment for Neck and Back Pain

Group Health Center for Health Studies, Seattle, WA 98101, USA. (2009) sherman.k@ghc.org


Lower Back Pain is Reduced and Range of Motion Increased After Massage Therapy

International Journal of Neuroscience, 106, 131-145, 2001
Massage therapy was compared to relaxation for chronic low back pain. By the end of the study, the massage therapy group, as compared to the relaxation group, reported less pain, depression and anxiety and improved sleep. They also showed improved trunk flexibility, and their serotonin and dopamine levels were higher.


Massage Therapy is Associated with Enhancement of the Immune System's Cytotoxic Capacity
International Journal of Neuroscience, 84, 205-217 1996
Twenty nine men with HIV received massage for 1 month. Major immune findings for the effects of the month of massage included an increase in Natural Killer Cell number. Major neuroendocrine findings included a decrease in cortisol. Anxiety also decreased.


Massage Therapy Reduces Job Stress
Alternative Therapies, 3, 54-56, 1997
The immediate effects of brief massage therapy, music relaxation with visual imagery, muscle relaxation, and social support group sessions were assessed in 100 hospital employees at a major public hospital. The effects of the therapies were assessed using a within-subjects pre-post test design and by comparisons across groups. The groups reported decreased anxiety, depression, fatigue, and confusion, as well as increased vigor following the session.


Migraine Headaches are Reduced by Massage Therapy
International Journal of Neuroscience, 96, 1-11, 1998
Twenty-six adults with migraine headaches were randomly assigned to a wait-list control group or to a massage therapy group, who received two 30-minute massages per week for five consecutive weeks. The massage therapy subjects reporte3d fewer distress symptoms, less pain, more headache free days, fewer sleep disturbances, and they showed an increase in serotonin levels.