Abstract Title:

Preterm infant massage elicits consistent increases in vagal activity and gastric motility that are associated with greater weight gain.

Abstract Source:

Acta Paediatr. 2007 Nov;96(11):1588-91. Epub 2007 Sep 21. PMID: 17888059

Abstract Author(s):

Miguel A Diego, Tiffany Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Osvelia Deeds, Angela Ascencio, Gisela Begert

Article Affiliation:

Touch Research Institute, Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Florida 33101, USA. mdiego@med.miami.edu

Abstract:

AIM: To determine whether preterm infant massage leads to consistent increases in vagal activity and gastric motility and whether these increases are associated with greater weight gain. METHODS: EKG and EGG were recorded in 80 preterm infants randomly assigned to a moderate pressure massage therapy group or to a standard care control group to assess vagal activity and gastric motility responses to massage therapy. RESULTS: Massaged infants exhibited consistent short-term increases in vagal activity and gastric motility on both the first and the last days of the 5-day study that were associated with weight gain during the 5-day treatment period. No changes in basal vagal activity or gastric motility were noted across the 5-day treatment period. CONCLUSION: Preterm infant massage is consistently associated with increases in vagal activity and gastric motility that may underlie the effects of massage therapy on preterm infant weight gain.

Study Type : Animal Study

Print Options


Key Research Topics

Sayer Ji
Founder of GreenMedInfo.com

Subscribe to our informative Newsletter & get Nature's Evidence-Based Pharmacy

Our newsletter serves 500,000 with essential news, research & healthy tips, daily.

Download Now

500+ pages of Natural Medicine Alternatives and Information.

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regimen, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.

© Copyright 2008-2020 GreenMedInfo.com, Journal Articles copyright of original owners, MeSH copyright NLM.