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Investigating the Effects of Ogawa Master Drive AI Automated Massage on Blood Circulation and Sleep Quality

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Sleep and stress-related disorders are increasingly becoming more prevalent among adult population. Massage therapy (MT) may assist in improving the peripheral circulation through mechanical manipulation of soft tissues and passively act upon reducing stress stimuli as well as induce relaxation and sleep. For the purpose of evaluating the efficacy of massage chair therapy (MCT), this study is divided into two parts. First, 15 participants (mean age = (21.00 ±2.00) years; body mass index (BMI) = (19.22 ±2.23)) were enrolled in a randomized controlled, cross-over, and single-blinded trial on pre- and post-treatment based sessions where skin blood flow (SBF) was measured. Except for the control mode (p > 0.05), all other mode-variants exhibit significantly increased SBF between pre-post sessions (p < 0.05). Furthermore, compared to the blood circulation and sweet dreams massage modes, deep tissue massage mode exhibited a significantly increase in SBF values (p < 0.05). In the second part of the study, 5 participants (age 24.00±3.00 years; weight 73.10±5.63 kg; height 178.28 ±10.08 cm; BMI 22.49 ±1.89) underwent MCT with only sweet dreams mode. Richards-Campbell Sleep Questionnaire and wrist actigraph were used to assess pre- and post-treatment sleep quality. After undergoing massage all subjects showed improvement in overall sleep quality. These results are suggestive that the automated MCT may potentially improve blood circulation and promote relaxation and sleep.

Keywords: Automated Massage; Skin Blood Flow; Sleep Quality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Universiti Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2: Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Universiti Malaya, Jalan Universiti, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Publication date: May 1, 2021

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