Research that indicates the positive effects of massage therapy results in greater understanding of the benefits of massage on the part of both medical professionals and the general public.

MASSAGE Magazine publishes three Research Reports each month: Two in the print magazine and one online; and summarizes research on massage and related complementary therapies on its website.

The American Massage Therapy Association recently released a Research Roundup to inform the public and those in health care about recent research on specific benefits of massage therapy.

The AMTA’s Research Roundups are part of its Consumer Awareness Program, which also includes the AMTA Massage Therapy Tour, National Massage Therapy Awareness Week and other media relations, according to an association press release.

Among the research highlighted by the roundup were:

• Massage Therapy for Improved Immune Function and Weight Gain in Preterm Infants?Research1 published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP),

• Massage Therapy for Improvements in Balance, Neurological, and Cardiovascular Measures in Older Adults?Research2 published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

• Massage Therapy for Decreasing Stress in Cancer Patients?Research3 published in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care