Research Tools


Research tools are intended to help massage and bodywork practitioners navigate and understand research

Meta-Analysis on Massage Therapy and Pain Database

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.

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.


Research Article Databases

Case Report Databases

CaseRe3: Case Report Research Repository

Government Agencies funding Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research



Research Columns & Newsletters

Links to Research and Professional Resources

Research Literature Syntheses
The MTF has commissioned the writing of two literature syntheses that have been published; one on massage for stress and the other on sports massage. Each is a comprehensive review of the literature on their respective subject areas and should be helpful to those seeking research on these specific topic areas.

Massage and Stress Reduction

Sports Massage