Effects of a single-session massage for sedentary older women with prehypertension: a pilot study


  • Fátima Aparecida Caromano Universidade de São Paulo
  • Felipe Monte Universidade de São Paulo
  • Maria Helena Morgani de Almeida Universidade de São Paulo
  • Jessica Candido Jerônimo da Costa Universidade de São Paulo
  • Priscila Santos Albuquerque Universidade de São Paulo
  • Luiz Francisco Cachoni Universidade de São Paulo
  • Jecilene Rosana Costa-Frutuoso Universidade de São Paulo
  • Leonardo Penteado Nascimento Universidade de São Paulo
  • Francis Meire Favero Universidade de São Paulo
  • Luiz Carlos de Abreu Faculdade de Medicina do ABC. Departamento de Saúde da Coletividade. Disciplina de Metodologia Científica.
  • Mariana Callil Voos Universidade de São Paulo




massage, blood pressure, heart rate, aging, women


Background: One of the consequences of population aging is the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, including hypertension. Massage has been recognized as effective in the prevention and mitigation of the disease. Objective: To identify the effects of a single-session massage on blood pressure and heart rate in older women with prehypertension. Methods: The intervention consisted of one 60-minute session of Swedish massage. Fifty-eigth sedentary older women with prehypertension were treated. Blood pressure and heart rate were collected immediately before and after the intervention. Results: Systolic blood pressure decreased 13% (p=0.022), while diastolic blood pressure decreased 9.4% (p=0.002). Heart rate decreased 17% (p=0.038). Conclusion: A single session of Swedish massage was effective in reducing blood pressure and heart rate. Such intervention can be useful to provide safer levels of arterial blood pressure in sedentary older women with prehypertension.



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