Effects of Massage Therapy and Kinesthetic Stimulation on Pre-Term Infants
|Prematurity||Behavioral: Massage therapy without exercise Behavioral: Massage therapy with exercise|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Effects of Massage Therapy and Kinesthetic Stimulation on Pre-Term Infants|
- Average daily weight gain. Length of hospital stay [ Time Frame: From birth until time of hospital discharge ]
- Effect on heart rate and respirations [ Time Frame: Birth until time of hospital discharge ]
|Study Start Date:||February 2003|
|Study Completion Date:||October 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||April 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
No Intervention: A
Control Group receives routine care.
massage group, receives massage only.
Behavioral: Massage therapy without exercise
Infants will receive massage twice a day; 15 minutes each.
Massage and Exercise group, receives both massage and exercise.
Behavioral: Massage therapy with exercise
Infants will receive massage with exercise twice a day; 15 minutes each.
Premature infants are often cared for in a fashion that minimizes physical activity in order to reduce stress and stress-related complications. Previous studies have indicated that massage therapy may increase weight gain and enabled earlier discharge of premature infants.
In this study, premature infants were randomly assigned to one of three groups:
A: Control Group
B: Massage Group, 15 minutes twice a day;
C: Massage and physical exercise group 15 minutes each, twice a day.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00661791
|United States, District of Columbia|
|George Washington University Hospital|
|Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20037|
|Principal Investigator:||Hany Z Aly, MD||George Washington University|