OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It covers all evidence-based scientific studies on integrative, alternative and complementary approaches to improving health and wellness.

Topics contain but are not limited to:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Acupotomy
  • Bioelectromagnetics applications
  • Pharmacological and biological treatments including their efficacy and safety
  • Diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes
  • Herbal medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Manual healing methods (e.g., massage, physical therapy)
  • Kinesiology
  • Mind/body interventions
  • Preventive medicine
  • Research in integrative medicine
  • Education in integrative medicine
  • Related policies

It publishes a variety of article types: original research, review, communication, opinion, case report, study protocol, comment, conference report, technical note, book review, etc.

There is no restriction on paper length, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Authors should present their results in as much detail as possible, as reviewers are encouraged to emphasize scientific rigor and reproducibility. 

Indexing: DOAJ-Directory of Open Access Journals.

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 6.1 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the first half of 2020, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period). A first decision provided to authors of manuscripts submitted to this journal are approximately 3.5 weeks (median values) after submission.

Current Issue: 2021  Archive: 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Massage Treatments in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

Submission Deadline: October 31, 2021 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Sarah Fogarty, PhD

School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Australia

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Research Interests: massage; pregnancy; pregnancy loss; safety

About This Topic

Massage is the "systematic touch and manipulation of the soft tissues of the body" that is increasingly being used as an adjunctive therapy for stress relief and to promote relaxation and wellbeing during pregnancy and in the postpartum period. Massage during pregnancy and postpartum is popular; however, the literature to support the use of massage in pregnancy, during labor and or postpartum while increasing over the past 30 years, is limited. Research on pregnancy, labor and postnatal massage has shown a benefit to pregnant women with anxiety, depression, leg and back pain, and has shown significant benefit in perception of pain during labor.