The Massage Therapy Foundation has announced the recipient of a Research Grant. The foundation advances the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education and community service.

For the 2011 Research Grant, the foundation awarded $29,998 to Katharina Wiest, Ph.D., of CODA Inc., in Portland, Oregon, for her study, “Massage Impact on Chronic Pain in Opioid Dependent Patients.

Chronic pain is common among opioid-dependent patients beginning substance use treatment. This study will assess the efficacy of Swedish massage techniques on chronic pain in opioid dependent adult patients receiving methadone treatment.

Primarily, the researchers will measure the effect of massage on the level of pain intensity. Massage may offer a non-pharmacologic option as part of the treatment arsenal for opioid dependence.