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General Information About TRI Research

The Touch Research Institute has conducted over 100 studies on the positive effects of massage therapy on many functions and medical conditions in many different age groups. Among the significant research findings are enhanced growth (e.g. in preterm infants), diminished pain (e.g. fibromyalgia), decreased autoimmune problems (e.g., increased pulmonary function in asthma and decreased glucose levels in diabetes), enhanced immune function (e.g., increased natural killer cells in HIV and cancer), and enhanced alertness and performance (e.g., EEG pattern of alertness and better performance on math computations). Many of these effects appear to be mediated by decreased stress hormones. Several of these findings have been reviewed in the TRI newsletter (Touchpoints) and in the body Touch (MIT Press), Touch Therapy (Harcourt Brace) and Massage Therapy Research (Elsevier). The published papers can be obtained by going on Google and entering PUBMED and then clicking on advanced search and checking of applicable limits and search title, making sure to click on title/abstracts so you don’t get thousands of abstracts that are not directly pertinent. To order a packet of papers from the Touch Research Institute, please go on the internet to the TRI order form ($20 per 4 published papers).

 

 

 

pre 2010 studies

 

Massage Therapy Studies

 

Adult Massage

Child Massage

Infant Massage

 

Other Studies

 

Adolescent

Aromatherapy

 Children

Depression

High Risk Infant

Imitation

Interaction

Intervention

Movement

Perception

Touch

Tai chi  

 

 

2010-present Studies

 

2010

Diego, M., Jones N., & Field, T. (2010). EEG in 1-week, 1-month and 3-month-old infants of depressed and non-depressed mothers.Biological Psychology, 83, 7-14.

Field, T. (2010). Prenatal Depression and Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. International Journal of Neuroscience, 120, 163-167.

Field, T. (2010). Postpartum depression effects on early interactions, parenting and safety practices: A review. Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 1-6.

Field, T. (2010). Pregnancy and Labor Massage Therapy. Expert Review of Obstetrics and Gynecology,5,177-181.

Field, T. (2010). Tai Chi Research Review. Complementary Therapy and Clinical Practice, epub ahead of print.

Field, T. (2010). Touch for Socioemotional and Physical Well-being: A Review. Developmental Review, 30, 367-383.

Field, T., Diego, M., & Hernandez-Reif, M. (2010). Moderate pressure is essential for massage therapy effects. International Journal of Neuroscience, 120, 381-385.

Field, T., Diego, M. & Hernandez-Reif, M. (2010). Preterm Infant Massage Therapy Research: A Review. Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 115-124. 

Field, T., Diego, M., & Hernandez-Reif, M. (2010). Prenatal depression effects and interventions: A review. Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 409-418.

Field, T., Diego, M., & Hernandez-Reif, M. (2010). Tai Chi/ Yoga Effects on Anxiety, Heartrate, EEG and Math Computations. Complementary Therapy and Clinical Practice, 16, 235-238. 

Field, T., Diego, M., Hernandez-Reif, M., Figueiredo, B., Deeds, O., Ascencio., A., Schanberg, S. & Kuhn, C. (2010). Comorbid depression and anxiety effects on pregnancy and neonatal outcome. Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 23-29.

Field, T., Diego, M., Hernandez-Reif, M., Figueiredo, B., Shauna, E., & Siblalingappa, V. (2010). Depressed Mothers and Infants are More Relaxed During Breastfeeding vs. Bottlefeeding Interactions: Brief report. Infant Behavior and Development, 33, 241-244.

Field, T., Diego. M., Pelaez, M., Deeds, O., & Delgado, J. (2010). Breakup Distress and the Loss of Intimacy in University Students. Psychology, 1, 173-177.   

Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., & Diego, M. (2010). Depressed Mothers’ Newborns are less Responsive to Animate and Inanimate Stimuli. Infant and Child Development, 20, 94–105. 

Figueiredo, B., Field, T., Diego, M., Hernandez-Reif, M., Deeds, O., & Ascencio, A. (2010). Partner Relationships During Pregnancy in Anxious and Depressed Women and Men. Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças, 11, 243-250.

2011

Field, T. (2011). Prenatal Depression Effects on Early Development: A Review. Infant Behavior and Development, 34, 1-14.

Field, T. (2011). Romantic Breakups, Heartbreak and Bereavement. Psychology, 2, 382-387

Field, T. (2011). Yoga Clinical Research Review. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 17, 1-8.

Field, T., Diego, M., Delgado, J., Garcia, D., & Funk, CG. (2011). Hand pain is reduced by massage therapy. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 17, 226-229

Field, T., Diego, M., & Hernandez-Reif, M. (2011).Potential Underlying Mechanisms For Greater Weight Gain in Massaged Preterm Infants. Infant Behavior and Development,34, 383-389.

Field, T., Diego, M., Pelaez, M., Deeds, O., & Delgado, J. (2011). Breakup Distress in University Students: A Review. College Student Journal,45, 615-619.  

Pelaez, M., Field, T., Diego. M., Deeds, O., & Delgado, J. (2011). Insecurity, Control and Disinterest Behaviors are Related to Breakup Distress in University Students. College Student Journal, 45, 333-340.

2012

Ezell, S., Field, T., Nadel, J., Newton, R., & Murrey, G. (2012). Imitation Effects on Joint Attention Behaviors of Children with Autism. Psychology 3(9), 681-685. 

Field, T. (2012). Exercise Research on Children and Adolescents. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 18, 54-59.

Field, T. (2012). Prenatal Exercise Research. Infant Behavior and Development, 35, 397-40

Field, T. (2012). Relationships as Regulators. Psychology, 3(6), 467-479.

Field, T., Diego, M., Delgado, J., & Medina, L. (2012). Tai Chi/Yoga reduces prenatal depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

Field, T., Diego, M., Medina, L., Delgado, J., & Hernandez, A. (2012). Yoga and massage therapy reduce prenatal depression and prematurity. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 16, 204-209.

Field, T., Diego. M., Pelaez, M., Deeds, O., & Delgado, J. (2012). Breakup Effects on University Students Perceived Academic Performance. College Student Journal 46(3), 615-619.

Field, T., Diego. M., Pelaez, M., Deeds, O., & Delgado, J. (2012). Depression and Related Problems in University Students. College Student Journal 46, 193-202.

Hernandez-Reif,M., Maluga, M. & Field, T. (2012). Maternal depression and infant birth measures relate to how neonates respond to music. Infant Behavior and Development.35, 655-61. 

Hurley, E.C., Field, T., & Bendell-Estoff, D. (2012). Rejection sensitivity and marital adjustment among military spouses during deployments. Psychology 3(6), 480-484. 

Mitchell, J., Field, T., Diego, M., Bendell, D., Newton, R., Pelaez, M. (2012). Yoga Reduces Prenatal Depression Symptoms. Psychology 3, 782-786.  

Richardson, A., Field, T., Newton, R., & Bendell, D. (2012). Locus of control and Prenatal depression. Infant Behavior and Development 35, 662-668

2013 

Field, T., Diego, M., Delgado, J., Garcia, D., & Funk, C.G., (2013). Rheumatoid Arthritis in Upper Limbs Benefits from Moderate Pressure Massage Therapy. Complementary Therapies In Clinical Practice, 19, 101-3.

Field, T., Diego, M., Solien-Wolfe, L. (2013). Massage plus topical analgesic is more effective than massage alone for hand arthritis pain. Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 10, 1-4.

Field, T., Diego, M., Delgado, J., & Medina, L. (2013). Peer Support and Interpersonal Psychotherapy Groups Experienced Decreased Prenatal Depression, Anxiety, and Cortisol. Early Human Development, 9, 621-4.

Field, T., Diego, M., Delgado, J., & Medina, L. (2013). Yoga and Social Support Reduce Prenatal Depression, Anxiety, and Cortisol. Journal of Bodywork and Complementary Therapies. 4, 397 - 403.

Field, T., Diego M., Delgado J, Medina L. (2013). Tai chi/yoga reduces prenatal depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances. Complementary Therapies In Clinical Practice,   19, 6-10.

Field, T., Diego, M., Pelaez, M., Deeds, O., & Delgado, J. (2013). Intrusive Thoughts: A Primary Variable in Breakup Distress. College Student Journal 47, 578-584.

Field, T., Diego, M., Pelaez, M., Deeds, O., & Delgado, J. (2013). Negative Emotions and Behaviors are Markers for Breakup Distress. College Student Journal 47, 527-534.

Field, T., Ezell, S., Faut, J., Grace, A., Allender, S., & Siddalingappa, V. (2013). Reciprocal Imitation Following Adult Imitation of Children with Autism. Infant and Child Development. 22, 642-648.

Figueiredo, B., Canario C., & Field, T (2013). Breastfeeding is negatively affected by prenatal depression and reduces postpartum depression. Psychological Medicine, 1-10.

Pelaez, M., Virues Ortega, J., Field T., Amir-Kiaei, Y, Schnerch, G. (2013). Social referencing in infants of mothers with symptoms of depression. Infant Behavior and development, 4, 548-556.

2014

Diego, M., Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M. (2014). Preterm infant   weight gain is increased by massage therapy and exercise via different underlying mechanisms. Early Human development.

Diego, M., Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M. (2014). Preterm Infants Exhibit Attenuated Responses and Faster Recoveries to a Mildly Painful Procedure Following Massage. Infant Behavior and Development.

Field,T., Diego, M.,Gonzalez, G. & Funk, C.G.(2014). Neck arthritis pain is reduced and range of motion is increased by massage therapy. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

2015

Field, T. (2015).Smell and taste dysfunction as early markers for neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases.J. Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinsonism,5,1-9.

Field, T. (In Press). Breakup distress, betrayal and heartbreak. Journal of Relationships.

Diego, M., Jones, N., Field, T. & Hernandez-Reif, M. (In Review). Frontal EEG Asymmetry Gender Differences in Infants of Depressed and Non-Depressed Mothers. Developmental Psychobiology.

Figueiredo, B., Field, T., Diego, M., Hernandez-Reif, M., Vera, Y. & Gil, K. (In Press). Relationship Questionnaire: Validity data from pregnant women and their partners. Journal of Family Psychology.