Massage Therapy Research

ELAP Recommendation:  3 hours of instruction on research literacy, the learner is expected to:

•Demonstrate knowledge of the terms and concepts related to research literacy on a written examination.
•Work with a peer group to analyze two research articles, discriminate between reliable and unreliable research, and determine two massage forms or session adaptations that demonstrateefficacy based on research, and share findings with classmates on a graded activity.

Massage Therapy Research is an important part of the future of the massage profession.  As massage therapists struggle to become more recognized as a health care profession and also more accepted by the general public as a valid method of stress and healing, massage research can assist the profession in moving ahead. Research can help you build a more successful massage business even if you are not planning on billing insurance.  The more we know about massage and how it works, the more people will start to understand why massage is important to their health – not just avoiding or treating injuries or problems but can be as necessary as flossing your teeth (You do floss, don’t you?)

Learning how to read and understand research is a part of this all.  When you hear about studies on the news or read about a study in a magazine, you can not just assume that it is a good study.  There are many factors to interpreting research and also learning to use research in your work as a massage therapist – everything from what techniques you use, what you say to clients, how you interact with doctors – all require that you take the time to take a study apart and question what it is saying.

This blog will now start helping you understand research and will start doing just that – taking various studies and showing you what they really mean and are saying and making sense of research.

Why do we need research?

The problems with researching massage.

How to read and understand research.

What does it all mean?  How to determine if a study is good or bad.

Where to find research?

Key Concepst:

  • Abstract
  • Case report/study
  • Case series
  • Case control study
  • Clinical trial
  • Correlation study
  • Empirical evidence
  • Evidence informed massage practice
  • Massage Therapy Foundation
  • Metaanalysis
  • Methods/methodology
  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Placebo effect
  • PubMed
  • References
  • Reliability
  • Research
  • Research literacy
  • Results/findings
  • Systematic review
  • Touch Research Institute

Popular research topics:

  • Massage and Back Pain
  • Massage and Depression/Anxiety
  • Massage for relief of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Infant Massage/Pregnancy Massage/Fertility Massage
  • Massage for relief of stress
  • Fibromyalgia and massage
  • Headaches and massage
  • Massage and cancer

Classes on Research

Classes by Researchers

Books on Research

Websites on Research

Online Articles on Research

Working with the Medical Profession to build your massage business

Insurance Billing for Massage Therapists

 

ELAP recommendation:

Having completed 3 hours of instruction on research literacy, the learner is expected to:

• Demonstrate knowledge of the terms and concepts related to research literacy on a written examination.
• Work with a peer group to analyze two research articles, discriminate between reliable and unreliable research, and determine two massage forms or session adaptations that demonstrate efficacy based on research, and share findings with classmates on a graded activity.

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