Massage therapy in the workplace: reducing employee strain and blood pressure

G Ital Med Lav Ergon. 2009 Jul-Sep;31(3 Suppl B):B25-30.


Aim: Assess the effects of workplace-based massage therapy on physiological and psychological outcomes.

Methods: We used afield experiment in which 28 participants were randomly assigned into either an experimental (n = 14) or control (n = 14) group. The experimental group received weekly massage treatments at work for a four week period while the control group did not.

Results: Both strain and blood pressure were significantly reduced during treatment for the experimental group but not for the control group.

Conclusions: This study provides initial support for the effectiveness of workplace-based massage therapy as part of a comprehensive workplace health strategy.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blood Pressure*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Massage*
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Health*
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*
  • Workplace*