Research

Researchers around the globe are investigating the benefits and mechanisms of massage therapy for both specific clientele and the general population. For more than two decades, MASSAGE Magazine has brought our readers the latest information about research studies conducted on massage therapy and related subjects.


Thai Massage Alleviates Chronic Headaches
chronic headachesTo complement the Research Reports in the July 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: In a recent study, subjects suffering from chronic headaches who received Thai traditional massage over a period of three weeks showed both decreased headache intensity and an increase in pressure pain threshold, versus a control group whose pressure pain threshold remained…  Read More »
Resources for Getting Started in Massage Research
massage researchTo complement “Expert Advice: How Difficult Is It to Get Started in Research?” by Paul Falkowski, in the July 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: These organizations can help massage therapists who are interested in creating and conducting a massage research study.Massage Therapy Foundation The Massage Therapy Foundation awards research grants once a year to…  Read More »
Spa Therapy Improves Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
symptoms of osteoarthritisTo complement the Research Reports in the June 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: For subjects in a recent study, 18 days of spa therapy resulted in both immediate and longer-term improvement in symptoms of osteoarthritis, including pain, reduced function and lower quality of life.After receiving various forms of spa therapy for 18 days, people…  Read More »
Massage with Occlusal Splint Therapy Eases TMD
To complement the Research Reports in the May 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: Research subjects who received occlusal splint therapy combined with massage therapy experienced improvements in the symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and sleep bruxism, even though each therapy used by itself did not result in symptom improvement. Researchers in Brazil found the…  Read More »