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.


Aromatherapy Improves Sleep
better sleepTo complement the Research Reports in the April 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: A review and analysis of several studies suggests aromatherapy is effective for promoting better sleep. A recent meta-analysis of research on the use of aromatherapy for improving sleep quality showed the modality to be effective in terms of enhancing sleep. The…  Read More »
Combination of Electroacupuncture, Massage and Blocking Therapy Found to Delay Recurrence of External Humeral Epicondylitis
tenniselbowTo complement the Research Reports in the March 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: When added to blocking therapy, electroacupuncture and massage can delay the recurrence of external humeral epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow. Patients with external humeral epicondylitis experienced benefits after receiving electroacupuncture, massage and blocking therapy. The study, “Therapeutic effect of electroacupuncture,…  Read More »
Massage Practitioners with Thumb Pain Found to Have Increased Range of Motion and Decreased Strength of the Thumb
thumbs_massageTo complement the Research Reports in the February 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: A group of massage therapists experiencing thumb pain showed increased range of motion and decreased strength of the thumb; while those without thumb pain showed increased thumb strength compared to that group. Thumb range of motion and thumb strength measurements were…  Read More »
Ayurvedic Management Offers Potential for Improving Quality of Life for Cerebral Palsy Patients
ayurvedicAyurvedic management was found to provide improvement in cerebral palsy patients’ mental status, fine and gross motor functions, and daily life activities. The study, “Exploratory Study on the Ayurvedic Therapeutic Management of Cerebral Palsy in Children at a Tertiary Care Hospital of Karnataka, India,” involved 123 cerebral palsy patients, aged 2 to 10 years old.