To complement the article, “Research Resources Advance our Profession,” by Lynda Solien-Wolfe, as part of MASSAGE Magazine’s 2013 Massage Profession Update, in the January 2013 issue. Article summary: Money fuels research—both of which are needed to deliver further evidence on the efficacy of the modalities we use and the most common conditions we treat. But what we can do now is educate ourselves on the studies available, educate our clients, donate to massage therapy research and, most of all, know the facts. By staying abreast of the current research, we can propel our profession forward.
In addition to industry associations and organizations, many of our business partners can be research resources.
For example, Performance Health has established a scientific advisory committee, TRAC. Now in its 14th year, this international and discipline-diverse committee, including massage therapy, supports collaborative research projects that help clinicians make evidence-informed decisions when using Performance Health’s Biofreeze® and Thera-Band® products.
These studies and many more are available via Performance Health’s education and research academy website (www.performancehealthacademy.com), which provides the most comprehensive research database on their products.
Lynda Solien-Wolfe, L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B., F.S., is director of clinical education and research–massage therapy and spa for Performance Health (www.performancehealth.com).