The use of massage therapy to address chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, and how massage interacts with exercise to address weight are the topics that will be studied thanks to two new research grants made by the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF).

• The first $30,000 MTF research grant has been awarded to Joan E. Cunningham, Ph.D., at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, for her study “Use of Therapeutic Massage to Treat Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN).”

• The second $30,000 MTF research grant has been awarded to Mark Blegen, Ph.D., F.A.C.S.M., at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. His study, “The Effects of Massage Therapy in Conjunction with Exercise Training on Weight” will study whether using massage therapy as a reward for regular exercise could promote weight management.

The MTF announced the awards this week via a press release.

The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity, with a mission to advance the knowledge and practice of massage by supporting scientific research, education and community service. For more information, visit

Read the press release here.