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1. Massage Therapy Research Methods 2. Reducing Prematurity Study 1 Pregnant women benefit from massage therapy Study 2 Massage therapy effects on depressed pregnant women Study 3 Fetal activity following stimulation of the mother's abdomen, feet and hands 3. Enhancing Growth and Development Study 1 Stable preterm infants gain more weight and sleep less after five days of massage therapy Study 2 Vagal activity, gastric motility and weight gain in massaged preterm neonates Study 3 Massage therapy by parents improves early growth and development Study 4 Sleep problems in infants decrease following massage therapy 4. Increasing Attentiveness Study 1 Massage enhances congnitive performance in normal infants Study 2 Preschooler's cognitive performance improves following massage Study 3 Autism symptoms decrease following massage therapy Study 4 Massage therapy improves mood and behaviour of students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder Study 5 Massage therapy of moderate and light pressure and vibrator effects on EEG and heart rate Study 6 Aromatherapy positively affects mood, EEG patterns of alertness and math computations 5. Decreasing Depression and Aggression Study 1 EEG during lavender and rosemary exposure in infants of depressed and non-depressed mothers Study 2 Massage and music therapies attenuate frontal EEG asymmetry in depressed adolescents Study 3 Aggressive adolescents benefit from massage therapy 6. Improving Neuromuscular Function Study 1 Massage therapy and relaxation effects on university dance students Study 2 Spinal cord patients benefit from massage therapy Study 3 Cerebral palsy in children decreased after massage therapy Study 4 Children with Down Syndrome improved in motor function and muscle tone following massage therapy Study 5 Parkinson's symptoms are reduced by massage therapy 7. Movement Studies Study 1 Creative movement therapy benefits children with autism Study 2 Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: benefits from Tai Chi Study 3 Movement and massage therapy reduce fibromyalgia pain Study 4 Senior citizens benefit from movement therapy 8. Pain Reduction Study 1 Children's distress during burn treatment is reduced by massage therapy Study 2 Lower back pain is reduced and range of motion increased after massage therapy Study 3 Fibromyalgia pain and substance P decrease and sleep improves after massage therapy Study 4 Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are lessened following massage therapy 9. Enhancing Immune Function Study 1 HIV adolescents show improved immune function following massage therapy Study 2 Leukaemia immune changes following massage therapy Study 3 Breast cancer patients have improved immune and neoroendocrine functions following massage therapy Study 4 Natural killer cells and lymphocytes are increased in women with breast cancer following massage therapy Appendix I: Sleep States and Brazelton Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale Appendix II: Massage Therapy Abstracts Index

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