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.