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Jan 2020, Vol 7, Issue 1
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The Effect of Massage on Diabetes and its Complications: A Systematic Review
Davood Bayat1, Abolfazl Mohammadbeigi2, Mahmoud Parham3, Akram Mehrandasht4, Mamak Hashemi5, Kamran Mahlooji6, Majid Asghari7
1Student of Traditional Persian Medicine, School of Traditional Persian Medicine, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran
2Neuroscience Research Center, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of health, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran
3Department of Endocrinology, School of Medicine, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran
4Department of Information Science & Knowledge Studies, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran
5Department of Traditional Persian Medicine, School of Medicine, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
6Department of History of Medicine, School of Traditional Persian Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
7School of Traditional Persian Medicine, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran

CJMB 2020; 7: 22–28

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Keywords : Dalk, Diabetes, Massage, Persian traditional medicine, Ziabites
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Objectives: Massage therapy has been used since ancient times for many diseases. This systematic review aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of massage therapy on the symptoms and complications of diabetes mellitus (DM).

Methods: Three electronic databases including PubMed, Google Scholar, and Scopus were searched from January 1, 2000 to May 13, 2018 using relevant keywords, followed by identifying all relevant randomized controlled trials. The study design, interventions, controls, primary outcome measures, follow-up, and main results were extracted and methodological quality was evaluated using the Jadad Scale by two authors independently.

Results: Signifcant results were obtained, including a decrease in blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels while an improvement in neuropathic pain and diabetic foot ulcer in the related articles.

Conclusions: From this review, massage therapy can affect the clinical and laboratory symptoms and complications of the DM. However, various conditions such as the quality and quantity of pressure and duration, as well as the number of sessions, the type of massage, and the psychophysical state of patients can change the results of massage therapy.


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