For millions of restless Americans, massage therapy may be a valuable tool for better sleep, according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

The AMTA shares recent studies on how massage therapy can help improve sleep for various populations, including pregnant women, infants, and women going through menopause.

“The evidence continues to grow on the efficacy of massage therapy for improving sleep quality,” says Kim Kane-Santos, AMTA national president, in a release. “Massage can be a valuable tool in helping alleviate sleep issues without the negative side effects of prescription medication.”

Foot Massage for Insomnia and Anxiety in Preeclamptic Pregnant Women

A 2024 study investigated the effects of classical foot massage on insomnia and anxiety levels in preeclamptic pregnant women. Preeclampsia is a serious condition of pregnancy, usually characterized by high blood pressure and severe swelling. 

This study included 71 participants divided into an experimental group receiving foot massages three days a week and a control group receiving no interventions. Results indicated a significant reduction in insomnia and anxiety levels in the experimental group compared to the control group. 

The findings suggest that classical foot massage can be an effective intervention for alleviating insomnia and anxiety symptoms in preeclamptic pregnant women.

Parent-Led Massage Has a Positive Impact on the Quality of Sleep for Infants

A recent study examined the impact of parent-led massage on the sleep electroencephalogram (EEG) features of typically developing term-born infants at 4 months. 

The infants who received routine parent-led massage had distinct functional brain changes versus the control group. The massaged infants exhibited higher sleep spindle spectral power and greater sleep EEG magnitudes, which indicate better quality sleep and potential benefits for early brain development.

Therapeutic Touch Enhances Sleep Quality in Menopausal Women

One of the first studies to investigate the impact of therapeutic touch on sleep quality and fatigue in menopausal women was recently published. 

The study involved 48 women (24 in each group), with one group receiving therapeutic touch and the other receiving SHAM therapeutic touch for 10 minutes daily over five consecutive days. Results revealed that therapeutic touch significantly improved sleep quality compared to the control group, as indicated by lower post-test total sleep quality scores.

The Importance of Quality Sleep for Your Health

There is no denying that quality sleep is crucial for your overall health and wellness. It facilitates the healing and repair of the heart and blood vessels, helps maintain a healthy balance of hormones and enhances the body’s immune response. 

Moreover, deep sleep supports proper growth, muscle mass and tissue repair. For millions of restless Americans, massage therapy may lead to a better night’s sleep.

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