MASSAGE IS FOUND TO REDUCE JOB STRESS AND ENHANCE PERFORMANCE

MASSAGE IS FOUND TO REDUCE JOB STRESS AND ENHANCE PERFORMANCE

MIAMI, FL – A number of health care professionals around the country have identified ways that touch therapy can help the personal health and well-being of individuals. A previous study by the Touch Research Institute (TRI) at the University of Miami School of Medicine has shown that touch therapy reduces stress and enhances immune functions in HIV patients.

The purpose of the Job Stress study was to determine whether touch therapy might help healthy adults.

These adults were given a 15 minutes chair-massage in their office, twice a week, over a 5 week period.

Immediately after the touch therapy sessions the subjects experienced:

· A change in brain waves in the direction of heightened alertness.

· Better performance on math problems (completed in less time with fewer errors)

At the end of the five week period subjects reported:

· Reduced Job stress

· Less depressed Mood State

These findings are significant in that the International Labor Organization stated in its 1993 World Labor Report that job stress cost the U.S. economy $200 billion annually though diminished productivity, compensation claims, absenteeism, health insurance, and direct medical expenses.

The Touch Research Institute was established at the University of Miami in 1992 under a start up grant from Johnson & Johnson. It was founded by Tiffany M. Field. Ph.D., professor of pediatrics, psychology, and psychiatry of the University of Miami School of Medicine and is the first center in the world for basic and applied research on the sense of touch. For more information on this study, or other studies, please contact the Touch Research Institute.


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