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Title: The effects of the court-type Thai traditional massage on anatomical relations, blood flow, and skin temperature of the neck, shoulder, and arm
Authors: Vasana Plakornkul
Manmas Vannabhum
Yadaridee Viravud
Jantima Roongruangchai
Pramook Mutirangura
Pravit Akarasereenont
Tawee Laohapand
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 15-Sep-2016
Citation: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Vol.16, No.1 (2016)
Abstract: © 2016 The Author(s). Background: Court-type Thai traditional massage (CTTM) has specific major signal points (MaSP) for treating musculoskeletal conditions. The objectives of this study are to investigate the anatomical surfaces and structures of MaSPs, and to examine blood flow (BF) and skin temperature (ST) changes after applying pressure on the MaSPs on neck, shoulder, and arm areas. Methods: In the anatomical study, 83 cadavers were dissected and the anatomical surfaces and structures of the 15 MaSPs recorded. In human volunteers, BF, peak systolic velocity (PS), diameter of artery (DA), and ST changes were measured at baseline and after pressure application at 0, 30, 60, 180, and 300 s. Results: There was no statistical difference in anatomical surfaces and structures of MaSP between the left and right side of the body. The 3 MaSPs on the neck were shown to be anatomically separated from the location of the common carotid arteries. The BF of MaSPs of the neck significantly and immediately increased after pressure application for 30 s and for 60 s in the arm (p<0.001). ST increased significantly and immediately after pressure application for 300 s (p<0.001). There was no significant correlation between BF and ST at any of the MaSPs. Conclusions: This study showed that MaSP massages were mainly directed towards muscles. MaSPs can cause significant, but brief, increases in BF and ST. Further studies are suggested to identify changes in BF and ST for all of the MaSPs after actual massage treatment sessions as well as other physiological effects of massage.
ISSN: 14726882
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2016-2017

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