massage therapy foundation logo_currentOn April 20, 2016, The Massage Therapy Foundation, Samueli Institute and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) announced a collaborative project for a meta-analysis of massage therapy for pain. The results of this collaboration are soon to be published in a peer-reviewed journal and will be discussed at the International Massage Therapy Research Conference May 12-15 in Seattle, Washington.

“We are excited by the extent of the research studied and the analysis of that research on massage therapy for pain,” said Massage Therapy Foundation President Jerrilyn Cambron, L.M.T., D.C., M.P.H., Ph.D. “This provides everyone in the field with solid support for the role massage therapy can play in relieving pain.”

“AMTA is delighted to support this important analysis of available research on the impact of massage therapy on various aspects of pain,” said AMTA President Nathan Nordstrom. “This is a perfect example of the work AMTA is doing to support massage therapy research and expand collaborations with a variety of health and research partners.” 

Massage therapy is commonly used by patients seeking pain management, however, research regarding its efficacy remains unclear. This systematic review and meta-analysis is the first to rigorously assess the quality of massage therapy research and evidence for its efficacy in treating pain, function-related and health-related quality of life outcomes across all pain populations.

As the full results of the study are published, massage therapists, health care professionals, insurers and consumers will have a much better source of information on the role of massage therapy in relieving and managing pain.  

The project, conducted by Samueli Institute, was commissioned by the Massage Therapy Foundation, with support from the American Massage Therapy Association. 

About the Massage Therapy Foundation

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


About the American Massage Therapy Association

American Massage Therapy Association logoThe American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the most trusted name in massage therapy, is the largest nonprofit, professional association serving massage therapists, massage students and massage schools. The association is directed by volunteer leadership and fosters ongoing, direct member involvement through its 51 chapters. AMTA works to advance the profession through ethics and standards, the promotion of fair and consistent licensing of massage therapists in all states, and public education on the benefits of massage. 


About Samueli Institute

Samueli Institute is an independent, nonprofit research organization dedicated to exploring the science of healing. For more than 15 samueli-institute-main-logoyears Samueli Institute has provided large-scale organizations, including major hospital systems in civilian and military medicine, with rigorous research for evidence-based decision-making.