Serum cortisol evaluation of back massage effect for students having stiffness shoulder before the national examination for clinical laboratory technician

Hanachiyo Nagata, Junzo Watada, Masahiro Nakano, Ayaka Hamamoto, Yushi Ito, Masasuke Takefu, Takao Shindo, Akira Honda, Kumiko Satou, Fusako Fujii, Yukimitu Satou, Norio Akaike

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    Abstract

    National Examination is held once a year at the end of every February. Once students pass the test, they can keep license throughout their lives without renewing it. The aim of this study is to investigate effects of back massage for people who complaint of stress symptoms such as stiffness shoulder and low back pain that were heard frequently. Subjects of this study are senior students of a clinical laboratory technician university. Since they study hard preparing for the test for more than nine months, they complain of such symptoms before the examination. They were inspected by the measurements of plasma cortisol, marker of stress evaluation, hardness measurement of musculus trapezius, evaluation of hardness of biological tissue, and visual analog scale (VAS). Consequently, the following points became clarified. 1) Values of objective evaluation methods using measuring plasma cortisol and hardness of muscular trapezius were alleviated significantly after the massage. 2) Self-evaluation using VAS was changed before and after the massage. Therefore, the study suggests that the massage has a benefit on students preparing for the examination and relieving their stress.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1495-1499
    Number of pages5
    JournalICIC Express Letters
    Volume8
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • Back massage
    • Longitudinal study
    • National clinical laboratory technician examination
    • Plasma cortisol
    • Self-teaching ability

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science(all)
    • Control and Systems Engineering

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    Nagata, H., Watada, J., Nakano, M., Hamamoto, A., Ito, Y., Takefu, M., Shindo, T., Honda, A., Satou, K., Fujii, F., Satou, Y., & Akaike, N. (2014). Serum cortisol evaluation of back massage effect for students having stiffness shoulder before the national examination for clinical laboratory technician. ICIC Express Letters, 8(5), 1495-1499.