Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 165–173

The efficacy of classical massage on stress perception and cortisol following primary treatment of breast cancer

Authors

    • Center for Internal Medicine and Dermatology, Department of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy BerlinCharité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Michaela Krohn
    • Center for Internal Medicine and DermatologyCharité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Christiane Liezmann
    • Center for Internal Medicine and DermatologyCharité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Ina Kim
    • Center for Internal Medicine and DermatologyCharité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Anett Reisshauer
    • Center for Internal Medicine and DermatologyCharité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Eva Peters
    • Center for Internal Medicine and DermatologyCharité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Burghard F. Klapp
    • Center for Internal Medicine and DermatologyCharité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
  • Martina Rauchfuss
    • Center for Internal Medicine and DermatologyCharité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00737-009-0143-9

Cite this article as:
Listing, M., Krohn, M., Liezmann, C. et al. Arch Womens Ment Health (2010) 13: 165. doi:10.1007/s00737-009-0143-9

Abstract

To investigate the efficacy of classical massage on stress perception and mood disturbances, 34 women diagnosed with primary breast cancer were randomized into an intervention or control group. For a period of 5 weeks, the intervention group (n = 17) received biweekly 30-min classical massages. The control group (n = 17) received no additional treatment to their routine health care. The Perceived Stress Questionnaire (PSQ) and the Berlin Mood Questionnaire (BSF) were used and the patients’ blood was collected at baseline (T1), at the end of the intervention period (T2), and 6 weeks after T2 (T3). Compared with control group, women in the intervention group reported significantly lower mood disturbances, especially for anger (p = 0.048), anxious depression (p = 0.03) at T2, and tiredness at T3 (p = 0.01). No group differences were found in PSQ scales, cortisol and serotonin concentrations at T2 and T3. However, perceived stress and cortisol serum levels (p = 0.03) were significantly reduced after massage therapy (T2) compared with baseline in the intervention group. Further research is needed to validate our findings.

Keywords

Breast cancer Cortisol Serotonin Mood disturbances

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