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Clinical Study

Massage for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is very upsetting and disabling for people. Massage is known to decrease anxiety. Research is needed to study the effects massage has on symptoms of anxiety and the brain. The information we learn will improve our knowledge of massage to provide more options of care for people with GAD.


For more information contact:

Becky Kinkead

IRB#: IRB_00153327 | PI: MARK RAPAPORT | Department: PSYCHIATRY | Approval Date: 2022-05-09 18:24:00
Study Categories: Brain Health Studies, Mental Health and Well-being Studies | Specialties: Psychiatry

Who can participate?

 Gender: All

 Age: Over 18 years old

 Volunteers: Volunteers with special conditions

 Location: In Person

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Ages 18 years and older
  • Diagnosis of GAD
  • Medically stable
  • No lifetime diagnosis of PTSD, bipolar disorder, alcohol, or substance abuse disorder
  • Attend in-person at the University of Utah

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Using nicotine, illicit drug(s), and regular medication
  • Pregnant
  • Consistent dieting
  • Receive regular massages
  • History of head injury or cancer

Will I be paid for my time?


Last Updated: 4/5/21