New Research on Massage Benefits

Depression Treatment for HIV-Positive People

At Meharry Medical College in Nashville, a 2012 study of HIV-positive subjects with a diagnosis of major depressive disorder were divided into three groups. There was one control group; one that received a 60-minute massage twice a week; and a third group that visited massage therapists who placed their hands on the subjects with slight pressure but no massage. The group receiving the true massage showed a significant reduction in the severity of their depression at the four-week mark, and again after six and eight weeks compared with the no-intervention or touch-only groups.