Effects of Scalp Massage on Physiological and Psychological Indices

  • Shimada Kunio
    Corporate R&D Division Graduate Division of Human Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of University of Human Arts and Sciences
  • Tsuchida Mamoru
    Advanced Technology Research Laboratory
  • Ohnishi Hideo
    NOF CORPORATION, TAKARA BELMONT Co., Ltd.
  • Nakano Hiroko
    Graduate Division of Human Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of University of Human Arts and Sciences
  • Daito Shun-ichi
    Graduate Division of Human Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of University of Human Arts and Sciences

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  • 頭皮マッサージの生理的,心理的指標に及ぼす効果

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We examined the effects of scalp massage in reducing stress and augmenting comfort by using physiological and psychological indices. Scalp massage was found to significantly decrease the cortisol level in saliva and significantly increase the level of secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA). In a test that used the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), scalp massage was found to lower physical fatigue scores while increasing relaxation scores. Scalp massage also lowered the scores related to negative feelings in the Profile of Mood States-Short Form (POMS-SF). The salivary stress biomarkers and VAS and POMS-SF tests suggested that scalp massage is effective for improving comfort and reducing stress.

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