New Study Reveals Massage Therapy May Improve Asthma Symptoms

A new study has revealed a link between improved lung function on asthma patients and simple, regular massage therapy. Undertaken by the Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University, the study was performed on a group of children, 60 of which were assigned to receive 20 minutes of massage therapy daily. The massage was administered at home nightly by their parents, and was performed as a complementary therapy alongside conventional medical care. A control group was also selected, who received conventional medical treatment alone.

A selection of lung capability and capacity tests were performed, including spirometry, which involves measuring the volume of air that can be taken in or out of the lungs. This test revealed significantly improved lung function in the group of children relieving massage, from the commencement of the test to its conclusion.

While further testing is needed to provide more concrete research findings, this is an exciting step towards proving massage therapy has benefits for people who suffer from respiratory complaints that affect their lung capacity and breathing mechanism. A news item which contains more information about the study appears on Natural Selection's website.