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.


Foot Reflexology Eases Anxiety Following Heart Surgery
foot reflexologyTo complement the Research Reports in the August 2015 issue of MASSAGE Magazine. Summary: In a recent study, foot reflexology massage significantly reduced anxiety in patients who had just undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery. In the days following coronary artery bypass graft surgery, one 20-minute session of foot reflexology massage each day for four days…  Read More »
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 »