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New research project explores effects of massage on chronic pain

March 11, 2014 — The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) has launched a new research project with Samueli Institute. MTF selected Samueli Institute, based in Alexandria, Va., to lead an independent exploration of the impact of massage therapy on chronic pain, and to identify gaps in knowledge that can help direct future research.


March 11, 2014
By Massage Therapy Canada staff

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Samueli Institute and the MTF convened a roundtable discussion with
leaders and subject matter experts in both massage and pain management
early last month at the Samueli Institute office. The goal was to
formulate a clear research question that will be meaningful for various
stakeholders: "What is the state of the science regarding the impact of
massage therapy on function for those experiencing pain?"

Additionally,
the project will develop criteria that will be beneficial for use in
future research articles for integrative medicine.
 
"Using
SEaRCHTM, Samueli Institute’s streamlined, systematic review and expert
panel process, we will explore the current impact of massage therapy for
those experiencing pain," said Cindy Crawford, Samueli Institute
research manager. "Together with subject matter experts and the MTF, we
will then formulate recommendations to push the field forward."
 
The roundtable meeting was held on Feb. 10, 2014, and included the following attendees:
 
• From the Samueli Institute: Cindy Crawford, Dr. Kevin Berry, MD, Viviane Enslein, and Courtney Lee, MA
• From MTF: Ruth Werner and Jerrilyn Cambron

Subject matter experts included: Pam Buckenmaier, a registered nurse,
Colonel Trip Buckenmaier, Christopher Deery, LMT, Colonel Paul Pasquina,
Dr. Eric Schoomaker, a medical doctor, Jan Schwartz, MA, and Pete
Whitridge, LMT
 
This project is funded by the Massage Therapy Foundation with the ongoing support of the American Massage Therapy Association.
 
Founded
in 2001 by Susan and Henry Samueli, Samueli Institute is "working to
create a flourishing society through the scientific exploration of
wellness and whole-person healing."
 


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