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Minskade kortisolnivåer hos massageterapeuter i samband med massagebehandling
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Decreased cortisol levels in massage therapists in connection to massage treatment (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie var att undersöka om kortisolnivåer sjunker hos massageterapeuter i samband med utförd massage. I studien medverkade diplomerade massageterapeuter inom svensk klassisk massage. För att uppnå syftet med studien användes en kvantitativ metod. Datainsamlingen skedde i olika steg där allmän stressnivå mättes med ett KEDS-självskattningstest för att fastställa försökspersonernas vardagsstress och om de var nära att drabbas av utmattningssyndrom. Försökspersonerna fick även skatta sin upplevda stressnivå på en sjugradigskala direkt före och direkt efter utförd massagebehandling. Samt att salivkortisolkoncentrationen mättes direkt före och direkt efter utförd massagebehandling. I interventionen deltog 12 stycken massageterapeuter från norra Sverige. Resultatet visar att endast en 30 minuters massagebehandling statistiskt sänkte kortisolkoncentrationen i saliven hos massageterapeuterna. Självskattning av upplevd stressnivå efter utförd massagebehandling var totalt lägre efter utförd massagebehandling, vilket korrelerar till den faktiska sänkningen av salivkortisol. Ett parat T-test visade på en signifikant minskning av både skattad stressnivå före och efter massagebehandling samt för sänkningen av kortisokoncentrationen före och efter massagebehandling. Denna studie visar att det finns ett orsakssamband mellan sänkta kortisolnivåer och givande av massage. Vilket betyder att massageterapeuter drar nytta av att ge massagebehandling.

Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine whether salivary cortisol levels decrease in massage therapists after giving a massage treatment. The study was limited to only examine licensed massage therapists in Swedish massage. To achieve the aim, a quantitative method was used. The data collection took place in various steps, where general stress levels were measured with a KEDS self-assessment test to determine the subjects’ daily stress levels and whether they were close to suffering from fatigue syndrome. The subjects were also asked to estimate their experienced stress level on a seven-fold scale immediately before and immediately after giving a 30 minute massage treatment. The salivary cortisol concentration was measured directly before and directly after the massage treatment. The experiment was attended by 12 licensed massage therapists from northern Sweden. The result shows that only a 30 minute massage treatment statistically lowered the cortisol concentration in the saliva of the massage therapists. The self-estimated stress level after giving massage were overall lower after the massage treatment, which correlates with the actual decrease of salivary cortisol. A paired T-test showed a statistic decrease in both experienced stress and salivary cortisol levels before and after giving a massage. This study showed that there is a causal link between lowered salivary cortisol levels and giving a massage treatment. Which means that massage therapists benefit from giving massage.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 50
Keywords [en]
Salivary cortisol, cortisol level, stress level, massage, massage therapist
Keywords [sv]
Salivkortisol kortisolnivå, stressnivå, massage, massageterapeut
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Medical and Health Sciences Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-76098OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-76098DiVA, id: diva2:1353743
Educational program
Health Promotion, bachelor's level
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Available from: 2019-09-26 Created: 2019-09-24 Last updated: 2019-09-26Bibliographically approved

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