ELAP Recommendation: 3 hours of instruction on research literacy, the learner is expected to:
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.
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?
- Case report/study
- Case series
- Case control study
- Clinical trial
- Correlation study
- Empirical evidence
- Evidence informed massage practice
- Massage Therapy Foundation
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- Placebo effect
- Research literacy
- 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
Websites on Research
Online Articles on Research
Working with the Medical Profession to build your massage business