Meta-Analysis on Massage Therapy and Pain Database

This state-of-the-art, comprehensive database includes data from the 99 randomized controlled trials


The Massage Therapy Foundation, Samueli Institute, and the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) have partnered on a collaborative project for a meta-analysis of massage therapy for pain.  The results of this collaboration were published in a three-part series in a peer-reviewed journal and discussed at the International Massage Therapy Research Conference May 12-15, 2016 in Seattle, WA.

The state-of-the-art, comprehensive database houses data from the 99 randomized controlled trials included in a systematic review and meta-analysis that investigated the impact of massage therapy on function in three types of pain populations: 1) populations who would typically visit their general healthcare practitioner with complaints of pain; 2) patients undergoing or recovering from surgical/operative procedures and 3) cancer patients.

Meta-Analysis:

New Research Analysis Indicates Massage Therapy Strongly Recommended for Pain Management
Published May 10, 2016

 New Research Analysis Indicates Massage Therapy Shows Promise for Pain & Anxiety in Cancer Patients
Published August 17, 2016

New Research Analysis Indicates Value of Massage Therapy for Surgical Pain
Published September 14, 2016

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